Other generations did not have elder law, why do I need it now?

In the past, most people worked throughout their lives to save a little bit of money for a comfortable, but not luxurious, retirement. After retirement, they would travel for a while if they were lucky before they got sick and passed away. Most people did not live long after retirement.

Today, the average life span is into the mid-eighties. That means that most of us need to be prepared to financially support our lifestyles for at least another twenty years after we retire.

In addition, modern medicine has made it possible for us to live many years with illnesses that would have quickly taken our lives in the past. As a result, we need to be financially prepared to pay for our lifestyle with the rapidly increasing cost of medical treatments for our illnesses. The challenge for all of us is to find the medical care that we require as we age and determine a way to pay for that care while at the same time, maintaining as much of our independence and dignity as possible.

Also in the past, families lived in close proximity to each other with many women working in the home. Today, families are spread across the country or multiple countries and more than half of all women work outside of the home. This makes it more difficult for a family member to provide us care as we age. Providing care from a distance or while trying to hold down another full-time job is wrought with stress amongst the family and typically results in care that is not adequate.

None of us wants to be a burden to our families. None of us wants to have to go to a nursing home. However, if we do not plan ahead, we limit our options when the curve ball comes our way.

Hear From Our Clients

I heard Cindy’s presentation at a Senior Luncheon at my church, and was very impressed. She helped my daughter and me understand many aspects of elder law. Josh has also been very helpful in my planning to enter an independent living situation . I have told many friends about them.

- Charlotte

The very best elder law attorney and staff anyone could ever ask for! I have referred a number of clients to Cindy and she never disappoints. She is kind, caring, and extremely thorough in making sure everything is completed as it should be. I highly recommend Cindy for anyone needing lawyer services; she truly goes above and beyond for every client she helps and has had a huge impact in so many peoples’ lives. Thank you, Cindy and staff, for everything that you do- I’m so glad to know you!

- Kerri

Cindy and the Nelson Elder Care Law team are trustworthy and helpful. They are the experts in elder care law. At Leaf Cremation, we entrust our families to the care of the Nelson team when their services are needed.

- Pierce

Josh Nelson, and his staff, have been amazingly helpful to our family. The ins and outs of nursing homes, the rules and regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid are daunting and the folks at Nelson Elder Care Law have been informative, responsive, and above all, empathetic. I cannot emphasize enough how their service has taken a weight off of our shoulders especially during a world pandemic that has targeted nursing homes across our country. I highly recommend retaining Josh and his firm!

- Marcia

I had a simple legal question to them that I needed answered and they very helpful in giving me the information I needed. I highly recommend them and will reach out to them if I need more advice or assistance. Thank you for taking your time to just answer a couple of questions I had!

- Ben