Services: Elder Law

I am worried about a disabled parent, child or relative

What is Elder Law?

Seniors and their families face crucial decisions that require the help of a lawyer. These decisions should not be made hastily. We’ll help you by:

  • Identifying your needs
  • Identifying the needs of your loved ones
  • Creating the most appropriate legal documents for your situation
  • Aiding you in implementing your decisions

Eldercare and Planning

We all need to come to terms with aging. Although you may not want to think about it, it’s important that you plan for certain possibilities now.

Family members should be clear about your specific instructions. If they need to make important decisions on your behalf, vague documents or hearsay can exacerbate a stressful situation. If you are a child or care giver, and you’ve suddenly found yourself in a situation that requires action, we can help.

How can we help? Here’s a brief description of the elder law services most often requested by our clients. Each person’s situation is unique, though. You’ll need solutions that enable you to make confident decisions and that fit your life.

Powers of Attorney

The POA allows an appointed person, the Donee, to make financial decisions on behalf of a specific person, the Donor. Usually, spouses or deeply trusted relatives are appointed as Donees. The donee will be allowed to (among other things) sign papers, including Land Title documents, in situations where for example the donor is out of town or incapacitated.

Representation Agreements

In a Representation Agreement, a person (the Representative) is given legal authority to make decisions regarding the type of health care to approve or disapprove on behalf of an elder person. It is most often designed to apply after the elder person becomes incapacitated.

Committeeship

If no Power of Attorney exists, and/or there is no Representation Agreement in place, and the elder person becomes unable to manage themselves or their financial affairs, chances are that a person will have to become a Committee. A Committee is appointed by Court Order. The person appointed (called the “Committee”) becomes legally obliged to act in the best interests of the elderly person.

Housing and Care Options

This is probably the most important and emotional decision the family will have to make. The decision is a difficult recognition that the elder person can no longer live at home. It usually comes after all other home care options have been considered and exhausted. You must choose a care facility very carefully, to ensure that it is appropriate and that the elder person will be safe and well taken care of.

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