Elder law is the term used to describe legal matters that most often involve senior citizens planning for their long term care needs. The typical elder law client is over 60 years of age, and with legal planning can protect assets from future medical costs. Therefore, the focus of elder law is often on the financial aspects of long term care planning. In addition to financial planning, legal planning for elderly clients in order to be thorough, must include planning for health care decision making. Advance health directives can provide instructions regarding medical care, as well as provide for the appointment of a representative of the client’s choosing to make health related decisions.