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May Is Elder Law Month

May is National Elder law Month, designated by The National Academy of Elder Law Attoneys (NAELA) and the Academy of Florida Elder law Attorneys (AFELA) as the month to concentrate on the field of elder law.

AFELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with older clients and their families. AFELA is a resource of information, education, networking, and assistance for those who work with issues confronting the elderly and the disabled. Its mission is to ensure that its members are the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people as they age and those with special needs. During Elder Law Month, members of NAELA and AFELA provide seminars and other services to raise awareness of Elder Law.

Elder Law is an interdisciplinary field of law, in which the attorney considers the effects of aging when advising clients about estate planning (wills, trusts), incapacity (powers of attorney, health care designations, living wills, guardianship), and long term care (qualifying for and applying for Medicaid).

One of the most common uses of elder law attorneys is to assist in obtaining Medicaid to defray the cost of long-term nursing home care. If medical and financial eligibility standards are met, Medicaid assistance may be available. Although Medicaid is a federal program, each state has different rules, and Florida is among the most unique, especially in regard to the treatment of homestead property. Medicaid involves nursing home level of care, although there are similar, related programs available for home health care and certain other types of facilities, such as an Assisted Living Facility.

Our office can help address the overall picture involved in dealing with the legal aspects of aging and provide peace of mind to clients and their families.

Attorney Ashley Naylor, of Pyle, Del- linger, & Naylor, PLLC. 1655 North Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. 1, Daytona Beach. Phone: 386.615.9007. E-mail: ashleyn@pylele or website: