Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Elderly Also Need Family Law

What do you think of when you hear the term "family law"? For many people, the phrase actually brings to mind the breaking up of a family with the process of divorce. For others, maybe the legal process of adoption or paternity issues are what they associate with this type of legal practice. And, yes, those are all important circumstances that family law attorneys handle on a regular basis. There is also the growing litigation, though, surrounding elder care.

With people in our country living longer than ever before, there is an increasing need for caregivers who will be ready to provide possible 24/7 attention to our parents and grandparents in the last years of their lives. Unfortunately, how this care will be provided often becomes a source of contention among family members. Will one son or daughter be primarily responsible for in-home care? If not, where will the matriarch of the family go and who will pay for it? Is it going to be necessary for someone to take over as legal guardian or assume power of attorney?

These difficult questions can be made easier with an experienced family law attorney involved in the conversation. At Bertolino LLP, we are ready to negotiate the details of elder care with the sensitivity and attention to relational attachments that is required in such instances. If you are facing the likelihood of caring for a parent or other family member who is no longer able to live independently and there is not total agreement on how this transition will occur, please contact our offices in Austin, Houston, or San Antonio and let's discuss your situation.

2 comments:

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Good article. With people living longing their is a need for a lot of elder care resources such as family law.