Legal Considerations for Your Loved One

Elder Law is a deeply important, and also deeply complex code governing three major areas of your senior’s life. Navigating this successfully helps protect their life, liberty, and their property as well. The sections of Elder Law to be aware of are:

 

Power of Attorney for Finances

A power of attorney for finances is a person you choose to trust with your money, who then becomes you ‘agent’ and can act on your behalf and help you with your money, property and belongings. The agent can do things like pay your bills, take money out of your bank account, or buy and sell your property. If you make your power of attorney “durable”, the agent can keep helping you even if you become sick or injured and cannot make decisions for yourself. You can still make your own decisions about your finances and you can change or cancel your power of attorney at any time. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local elder law groups that can help.

Power of Attorney for Health Care

A power of attorney for health care document is a person you choose to trust with your health care, who then becomes your ‘agent’ to act on your behalf and help you with health care decisions. The agent can do things like access your medical records and approve medical treatment. If you make your power of attorney “durable”, the agent can keep helping you even if you become sick or injured and cannot make decisions for yourself. You can still make your own decisions about your health care and you can change or cancel your power of attorney at any time. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local elder law groups that can help.

Health Care Directive

A health care directive, also called a ‘living will’, you choose the end-of-life medical procedures you do not want to have should you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious. The types of treatment you can reject include feeding tubes, ventilators, IV hydration, and CPR. You can also list your general values regarding your health care in this directive. You can still make your own decisions as long as you are able and you can change or cancel the health care directive at any time. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local elder law groups that can help.

Estate Planning

The last will and testament isn’t exactly a fun conversation, but it’s important to have while there’s time so your senior can make all their wishes known explicitly. It also helps reduce the stress and pain of relatives after the testator has passed away. Between wills dictated by the senior themselves, and those handled by a trust, this section of law is sensitive and absolutely vital. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local real estate professionals that can help.

Long Term Care Issues

From Medicare and disability insurance to loss of coverage and security due to retirement, getting your senior what’s due to them through legal processes and protecting their health is a crucial area to have covered. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local insurance professionals that can help.

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Perhaps most sensitive of all is the idea of having someone else have autonomy over you and your decisions for the remainder of your life. For many seniors, this is an absolutely frightening prospect, and for that reason many don’t dive into planning it. Planning ahead is important to prevent your senior’s guardianship defaulting to a party they don’t trust, or becoming a ward of the state where cases of abuse have been more numerous than comfortable. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local elder law groups that can help.

Throughout a transition and planning for the rest of their lives, having qualified and sympathetic legal help will remove a lot of the fear and uncertainty. We here at Concierge Care Advisors are happy to help you from start-to-finish. Visit our Preferred Professionals page for information about local professionals that can help.

*Please note: this general information is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice.

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