Elder law is actually a group of interconnected legal issues focused on senior citizens. Elder attorneys handle the many legal issues affecting older people, including wills and trusts, age discrimination, federal benefits programs, disability law and elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. Elder attorneys can help prevent serious problems by taking care of end-of-life issues such as a living will or a trust that helps family members avoid probate. If problems do arise, elder attorneys help resolve them through administrative proceedings, family court cases or civil lawsuits.