Elder Law Issues

The probate courts and courts exercising probate jurisdiction are on the frontline in Elder Law issues.  “Elder Law” encompasses a number of legal areas: estate planning; healthcare planning; trusts; powers of attorney; guardianship and conservatorship; and other legal matters commonly confronted by persons of advanced age.  While many of these legal issues are not unique to the elderly, for most people, they become increasingly more important with advancing age.
The National College of Probate Judges (“NCPJ”), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the improvement of probate courts and probate laws, focuses much of its educational sessions and resources to elder law issues.  In addition to the above elder law issues, an issue of grave concern and increasing focus, in both the civil and the criminal court systems, is that of abuse of the elderly and other vulnerable, at-risk adults