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The reason I say this because anyone can find themselves in emergency situations at any age. My husband is 75 but was diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 40. We had to move into the senior mindset earlier than most and I would have had less stress had we planned sooner. He fell and broke his hip at 55 and our life totally changed overnight with him trying to rehab while dealing with Parkinson's. It is best to have things in motion before you have a crisis unless time and finances are without limits.
The decisions required to prepare and protect yourself in the event of a life changing emergency need to be considered before the event. Anyone can be in a serious car accident, have a stroke, cancer, or other chronic disease and lose their capabilities to sign legal documents and left at the mercy of others they might prefer not be involved. Bottom line... it is very difficult to go to an attorney's office while dealing with a serious health or financial issue. Without everything in place the family has to bear unnecessary consequences in the event of a death.
Long time ago, my parents had their Real Estate Attorney draw up a Will and Power of Attorney. The documents were now older than dirt and not very well written. The Will would have been a nightmare if I hadn't gotten my parents to use an Elder Law Attorney to re-write their Wills.
Plus their Power of Attorney was for each other. When Dad [90+] went to the hospital-911 for an illness, I wanted my Mom [90+] to come along as she was POA. She refused to go because she was now legally blind and was very hard of hearing. There was no secondary POA listed. So I met Dad at the hospital. I couldn't make any decisions for him, kept telling him I couldn't. Later I recommended that he and Mom update their POA and Wills.
As Sir Francis Bacon said way back in 1597. “Knowledge is Power.”
Bring us short version of the problem and we will try to help.
Our Elder Law Attorney keeps us up-to-date with new State Laws that would require us to make changes to the legal documents. Without those up-dated changes, it could create quite a stir.
We found our Attorney right here on AgingCare. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on Elder Law Attorneys, scroll to the area where it asks for your City, and State. Our Attorney is from a large firm, and she has been outstanding.