The body of law known as elder law has established rules to protect the elderly. Through granting power of attorney, an elderly person can give someone they trust the power to speak for them if they can no longer do so. Elder law governs how power of attorney is established and what obligations a trusted person will take on. There are also laws that protect the elderly from nursing home abuse and impose liability for negligent acts that wind up injuring an elderly patient. If the legal issue specifically involves an elderly person, you will find that information in this section on Elder Law.