Attorney Timothy P. Crawford, S.C. - CPA, CELA*, CAP**


What Is Elder Law?

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Legal problems that affect the elderly are growing in number. Our laws and regulations are becoming more complex. Actions taken by older people with regard to a single matter may have unintended legal effects.  It is important for attorneys dealing with the elderly to have a broad understanding of the laws that may have an impact on a given situation, to avoid future problems. Unfortunately, this job is not made easy by the fact that Elder Law encompasses many different fields of law. Some of these include: 
  • Preservation/transfer of assets, seeking to avoid spousal impoverishment when one spouse enters a nursing home
  • Planning for the payment of long-term care costs
  • Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues
  • Disability planning, including use of Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts for financial management, and other means of delegating management and decision-making to another in case of incompetence or incapacity
  • Guardianships
  • Estate Planning, including planning for the management of one’s assets during life and its disposition on death through the use of Trusts, Wills and other planning documents
  • Probate – the process of changing the ownership of assets after a death
  • Working with a Trust or a Probate after a death
  • Nursing home issues, including questions of patients’ rights
  • Planning for retirement, including public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits and pension benefits

Attorney Timothy P. Crawford can help you in these matters....Attorney Timothy P. Crawford brings more to his practice than an expertise in the area of Elder Law. He brings to his practice knowledge of the elderly that allows him and his staff to ignore the myths relating to the elderly. He will take into account and empathize with some of the true physical and mental difficulties that often accompany the aging process. His understanding of the afflictions of the elderly allows him to determine more easily the difference between the physical versus the mental disability of a client. He is more aware of real life problems that tend to crop up as people age. All of these things will hopefully make you more comfortable when dealing with Attorney Timothy P. Crawford and his staff, and ease your way as you try to resolve your legal problem.

What is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney?

There are only a few Board Certified Elder Law Attorneys of the 800 Elder Law Attorneys of the total of 21,000 Attorneys in Wisconsin.  Less than 25% of the Elder Law Attorneys who take the National exam to become Board Certified pass the exam. Attorney Timothy P. Crawford has passed the exam and the other requirements and has been Nationally Board Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation which has been approved as the Sole Certifying Organization for Elder Law Attorneys by the American Bar Association. The purpose of the Certification Program is to identify those lawyers who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, experience, and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as Certified Elder Law Attorneys.  Only if the attorney is certified can the attorney hold himself out to the public as an expert or a specialist.