June 26, 2018

Ethics in the Practice of Elder Law

Donna Jackson

The practice of elder law presents a myriad of ethical dilemmas.

Counseling clients who are potentially vulnerable due to age, disability, or incapacity requires attorneys practicing in elder law to ensure their client’s needs are protected while appropriately maintaining the client’s autonomy and independence as much as possible.

Although there are numerous, conceivable ethical predicaments, this article specifically addresses the attorney’s ethical dutyin: identifying who the attorney’s client is and providing proper service to that client, appropriately handling any conflicts of interests that may arise in representation in the practice of elder law, and the representation of incapacitated clients.

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