Why should you care? Because if you suspect or know your elder has a dementia, it is time to put Social Security Administration’s (SSA) representative payee documentation in place. I have known for a while that social security does not recognize a General/Financial POA. They have their own document called a “payee representative.” The representative payee can be a person … [Read more...]
My Living Will States No Ventilators. What does this mean if I test positive for COVID-19?
Today, many people are questioning: “If my Living Will states I do not want to be put on a ventilator, does this language prevent my doctor from using a ventilator to treat me if I am struggling with COVID-19 symptoms?” With thanks to Van Dyke Law for clearly explaining why the language in your Living Will will not, in almost all cases, prevent your doctor from treating … [Read more...]
When Decisions to Help Our Aging Parents Are Made in Good Faith. And They Backfire.
How to protect ourselves from the cost of healthcare as we age really does require legal advice. People that I know made a decision to live in community as a multi-family household so they could help their parents. They made this decision in good faith with the best of intentions. Between the time they made the decision, started legal paperwork on the house they will modify … [Read more...]
When Guardianship is the Only Alternative, How Does It Work?
One family's story of financial elder abuse. You have worked with an estate planning attorney to have all your loved one’s legal documents complete: Last Will & Testament, Financial Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directive. You have all the provisions in place in the event your loved one becomes incapacitated with the prognosis of death. Thank heavens that was done, because … [Read more...]
The Importance of End of Life Planning as an Elder Orphan
Sponsored Blog Post Elder Orphans: "An older person who is socially or physically isolated, without an available family member or caregiver to help them manage aging." A recent study from the University of Michigan found that an estimated 22% of all American over 65-years-old are at a significant risk of becoming an elder orphan. This is mainly due to the amount of people … [Read more...]