Elder Law practitioners help clients meet needs that are unique to advanced age, and assist their families to provide needed care. This can include an estate plan for the aged individual, representation of family members who are seeking a guardianship of the aged individual, planning for long-term care in a nursing home, or any other matter that is brought about due to advancing age.
Numerous resources are available to assist individuals in their time of need. Below you will find some of the many legal resources that can be utilized to assist a Florida elder in need of assistance or representation.
- Florida Department of Elder Affairs: The FDEA provides a range of services by ensuring that Floridians in need of long-term care receive an appropriate assessment of need. The FDEA also manages the Office of Public and Professional Guardians, promotes awareness for Floridians affected by dementia.
- Florida Courts: The court system’s website provides information about elder abuse, and forms that can be used in small claims and landlord/tenant forms.
- Alliance for Aging, Inc.: The Alliance provides a wide range of services to older people through a network of local agencies. Some of the services provided include: congregate and home-delivered meals, recreation, adult day care, personal care, legal help and transportation.
- StateofFlorida.com: This site publishes a Senior’s Guide with information about programs and resources to assist seniors locate benefits and other financial information.
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA): The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is a network of attorneys who have focused their efforts on the representation of clients in elder law matters.
- Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA): This is the Florida chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
- Florida Council on Aging: The Florida Council on Aging is committed to serving Florida’s diverse aging interests through education, information-sharing and advocacy.