The attorneys at The Vermillion Law Firm, LLC are committed to educating their clients, as well as the residents of Dallas in general. As such, we provide a comprehensive electronic library of special reports covering numerous estate planning and probate issues. Below, you will find several links to useful resources relating to elder law and the senior community.
Adult Protective Services in Dallas
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) provides protection for adults who are elderly or have disabilities, through Adult Protective Services. This agency is responsible for investigating abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities.
Alzheimer’s Association – Dallas Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leader in national Alzheimer research and support. It is also the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to discovering methods prevention, strategies for treatment and hopefully a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Dallas Area Agency on Aging
The Dallas Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is a part of the Community Council of Greater Dallas and is responsible for planning, advocating, and coordinating resources for seniors and their caregivers. The agency is also a part of the national network administered by the Federal Administration on Aging.
The Senior Source
Since 1961, The Senior Source has focused on serving the needs of Dallas-area older adults from age 50 up, along with their adult children and caregivers. The Senior Source is the go-to nonprofit providing single-source access to a comprehensive range of senior services.
Dallas County Health and Human Services
The Dallas County Health and Human Services operates the Older Adult Services Program which serves Dallas seniors. They also provide transportation for program participants. Senior centers are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specific services offered include:
- lunch on weekdays
- arts and crafts
- field trips
Keller Senior Activities Center
The Keller Senior Activities Center provides social activities to individuals who are age 55 or older and their adult guests. The Center is under the direction of the Senior Activities Center Supervisor. Participants are required to complete an information card when they make a second visit to the center or before participating in their first group trip.
Geriatric Care Managers
A professional geriatric care manager has been educated in various fields of human services social work, psychology, nursing, gerontology and trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for the elderly and their families. Advocacy for older adults is a primary function of the care manager.
Dallas elder law lawyers have specific training and experience
Dallas elder law lawyers typically have specific training in the legal issues that are relevant to seniors. With this awareness, Dallas elder law lawyers are better equipped to recognize and meet the needs of seniors and their families. Dallas elder law lawyers are also trained to anticipate potential legal issues for seniors, as well. In the end, the practice of elder law encompasses legal advocacy, education, counseling, and planning for the future.
It is important for your lawyer to be familiar with relevant legal issues
It is not unusual for attorneys, much like physicians, to specialize in a certain area of the law. There are so many areas of specialty in the legal field, but few clients are aware of the field of elder law or what an elder law attorney does. Dallas elder law lawyers typically handle all legal issues relating to seniors and the aging process. The most common types of issues Dallas elder law lawyers handle include estate planning, retirement, nursing home services and Medicaid issues.
Nurturing connections with the community for support
There is a persistent need to balance reasonable concerns with the need to preserve the freedom and autonomy of seniors as much as possible. In order to help maintain the necessary balance, lawyers must create and nurture connections with the professionals in the community who customarily provide services to the aging population. In all, the practice of elder law goes far beyond simply drafting wills and other legal documents.
Common legal matters handled by a Dallas elder law lawyer
Some of the legal issues most often handled by elder law lawyers in Texas include:
- Estate planning and administration
- Medicaid and Medicare
- Nursing home and other long-term care
- Establishing and administering trusts
If you have questions regarding senior resources or any other elder law matters, please contact the experienced attorneys at The Vermillion Law Firm, LLC for a consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us toll-free at (888) 567-5745. We are here to help!