Many people put off creating a long-term-care plan, yet half of people turning age 65 will require some type of long-term care in their lifetimes. On average women will need 2.5 years of care, while men will need an average of 1.5 years. The cost of nursing-home care in a private room has passed the $100,000/year mark, and in major urban areas, the cost of care can run much higher.
Finding the RIGHT attorney that fits your specific needs is not easy, particularly when it comes to Elder Law.
What is an Elder Law Attorney?
Elder law is an area of legal practice that specializes on issues that affect the aging population, or those planning for life. The purpose of elder law planning is to prepare the an aging person with financial freedom and autonomy, by utilizing proper financial planning and long-term care options.
What happens to all your digital accounts, services and property after you die? The official name for all these is a Digital Estate Plan (DEP).
With a DEP in place, all your digital accounts and services can be deleted, managed or transferred to someone after you've passed. You can also ensure all paid or recurring services are closed and not draining money from your bank account or racking up credit card debt. Finally, a DEP will provide guidance and direction about what you want done with your digital assets and overall online presence.
In the same way you need to organize your physical possessions, it’s best to leave an organized plan in place for your digital life as well.
Remember, having a Plan in place Before a Crisis, will mean you can manage the situation more calmly – with professionals alongside to help guide you.
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As parents grow older, a health crisis can often highlight the need for family members to become involved in making elder care decisions for a loved one. According to the Caregiving in the U.S. Report, 66% of family caregivers report having significant decision-making authority on behalf of their care recipient. For elderly parents to receive the care they need several factors need to be considered, starting with establishing an accurate picture of their care needs.
There is little doubt that estate planning can be a difficult and complex endeavor, which is why people put off creating an estate plan for many reasons. Some do so because they don’t want to face their own mortality while others simply find the prospect intimidating and confusing. Unfortunately, a recent Caring.com study shows that even fewer people are engaging in estate planning than were a few short years ago.
Should I Consent to My Ward/Loved One Getting Vaccinated?
Keep in mind that you are obligated to consult your ward and apply the substituted judgment standard; that means making the decision based on their previously expressed wishes and values, not what you or their physician thinks is best for them. If your ward is capable of being involved in the decision-making process, then you must consult with them and give them a simple explanation regarding the risks and benefits. If you are not aware of your ward’s wishes regarding vaccines, you should consider their values and thoughts on medical intervention in general and weigh the risks and benefits of vaccination in light of your ward’s values and their personal situation.