To satisfactorily discuss a legal issue, I may spend a few columns writing about it. For example, recent columns have addressed long term care, and there is more on that topic I would like to share with you.
However, I also try to share real life examples (altered only to preserve privacy) to help illustrate the importance of these issues. The decisions you make can have very serious consequences.
Recently, I met with a family dealing with a terrible, unexpected crisis. A family member had been very seriously injured and will likely spend months – possibly years – recovering. His cognitive abilities have been seriously affected. For at least the foreseeable future, he will not be able to make any decisions. However, legal, financial and other decisions still have to be made.