precedent when it comes to the care of a loved one is essential,
especially with the legal aspects of finances and health care. Here
are some points to consider when taking control over the legal
responsibilities for your relative in need of care.
Tips to Remember when Dealing with Legal Issues:
Find a lawyer who can
help you establish a will or estate plan for your relative. A lawyer
can also provide strong advice on other key developments in the life
of your loved one.
Discuss with your
relative important financial aspects such as the location of
documents, gaining access to their banking accounts, and stepping in
to take over any financial responsibilities they may have.
Look into the
possibility of becoming the power of attorney for your loved one if
they become incapable of caring for themselves. Often a durable
power of attorney can provide better coverage instead of a simple
A living will can
provide an end of life decision for your loved one should they
become terminally ill. This pivotal paper can tell a doctor just how
much or how little care the person wishes to receive.
Talk with other family
members about the intentions of your relative and ask their advice
should you feel unsure about any matter.
Have your attorney
distribute the proper documents to the doctors, banks, and health
care providers of your relative.
Understand what your
loved one’s insurance plan calls for in the event of hospitalization
or hospicee care.
Be upfront with your
relative about your feelings behind the decisions you make, and
allow for them to offer their advice should they be of sound mind.
Find out what
financial protection is offered for your loved one when it comes to
their Social Security and pension benefits.
Contact local agencies
that deal with legal protection of the elderly and see what services
they can provide.