Elder Law

Elder law is a broad and evolving area of law that encompasses a variety of legal issues facing seniors and their families. It is sometimes said that “elder law” is not a distinct area of law, but simply a conglomerate of areas as they relate to older adults. At Lisa Feldstein Law Office our elder law practice is focused on providing advice to family caregivers with questions or concerns about:

  • Advance care planning
  • Capacity to make decisions
  • Care services
  • Consent to treatment
  • End of life
  • Family mediation
  • Guardianship
  • Home care
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Powers of attorney
  • Quality of care
  • Retirement homes
  • Substitute decision-making

We negotiate and mediate

Lisa is highly trained in alternative dispute resolution, and uses that to clients' advantage.

We strive to find resolutions that do not involve going to court because (1) court is expensive, (2) it can take months or years to get a decision, and (3) judges are limited in what they can order. We can often achieve better and more creative options through negotiation and mediation. However, we will zealously advocate for you if litigation cannot be avoided or is the best option in the circumstances.

We manage relationships

Elder law cases frequently involve fighting with family members. It can be painful to have a legal dispute where your parent or sibling is the other party. Often parents shy away from the case because they just want everyone to get along. Sometimes elder law disputes can lead to the formation of "sides" within a family. Where a care facility is involved, it can lead to tension with staff.

We are skilled at walking the fine line between advocacy and relationship management. We do not lose sight of who the other parties are and that you want to have a relationship in the long-term despite the lawsuit.

If possible, we remain in the background to avoid creating unnecessary conflict or making anyone feel defensive. We can review your drafts, write letters under your name, and prepare you to take steps on your own.

We advise and advocate

We can meet you and your family, identify the problem, and understand your goals. We provide legal advice about your rights and options moving forward. Where requested, we advocate directly on your behalf with care providers or other relatives. Our goal is to find practical, simple, and cost-effective solutions.