Posts Tagged ‘Guardianship’

Article 112-Estate Planning Series: The Solution is Simple, Until It’s Too Late 

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Uncategorized

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.

Article 101-Estate Planning Series: The Winter Risk to Seniors

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning

The last few columns I have discussed some of the ways adult children can be of assistance to aging parents.  Legal documents that can be used to help parents include a “power of attorney” which authorizes a trusted child to act in the name of a parent when handling financial or other similar matters. If the parent’s health has diminished to the point that he or she is incapacitated, and cannot handle his or her own affairs, it may be necessary for a child to be appointed as a “guardian.”

Recently, The Post Register published an article about the risks winter can bring for seniors.  I appreciate the paper raising awareness about these issues.  The article emphasized the importance of prevention, not only by being aware of the risks, but by taking steps to minimize those risks.  Children can help their parents be mindful of these issues.

Article 100-Estate Planning Series: What is the Best Way to Help Your Aging Parent?

Written by Wright Law on . Posted in Estate Planning, Will

Last column I discussed the challenge for both parent and child as an aging parent loses the ability to care for him or herself. In some cases, the parent may have only nominal limitations.  In others, a parent may be fully incapacitated.      

A parent may be mentally capable of handling any situation; and physically capable of handling most.  However, due to limited mobility -- for example – assistance is still necessary.  A trip to the bank now requires coordination of the parents and child’s schedule.  Even when a child is willing to transport an otherwise immobile parent, it is not always convenient . . . for either party. 

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