Many caregivers and older adults grapple with the complexities of the long-term care system, understanding Medicare and Medicaid and making decisions in advance when no one is certain of what the future holds. Often, the nature of these decisions requires the expertise of an attorney who is well-versed in the legal aspects of elder care.
Lake Norman area elder law attorney Nicole Bryan will be a presenter at an Oct. 17 conference in Charlotte addressing the many areas of laws, specifically in North Carolina, that frequently affect caregivers and their aging parents. The event, “Living In Prime Time,” will feature nationally renowned elder law attorney, Tim Takacs, former NBC medical correspondent Dr. Kevin Soden and local speakers who will address topics such as housing options, dealing with your parents' accumulation of “stuff,” and job transitions in later life.
Bryan, who will accompany the keynote speaker during the breakfast presentation, will address many of the laws specific to our state. For caregivers who have relocated their parents to this area from other places, this information is particularly important.
According to Bryan, the information presented will help caregivers or even younger adults who have begun to think of their own legal affairs. “When caregivers come in with their parents because of problems or even to simply begin the planning process, they recognize the importance of doing the same for themselves,” said Bryan.
After the morning program, local attorneys who attend will break apart from the general audience to hear Takacs and Bryan present information on how attorneys can shift their practice to an elder-centered law practice, one of the many trends in the field of elder law.
Bryan says that the shift to a more holistic approach for attorneys stems from the natural desire to want to help the entire family be more proactive in making decisions and planning.
As the field of elder law continues to grow, shaping one's practice to become more client-focused, specifically when dealing with an aging population, will grow more important in standing out among other practices. To learn more about the field of elder law attorneys, or to find a practice near you, visit www.naela.org .