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Legal Consideration For Seniors

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Eldercare Services and Legal Considerations in Federal Way, WA

Legal matters are more important if you are considering eldercare services for your loved one

No one likes thinking about or even talking about legal matters. Even lawyers are not partial to discussing legal matters that pertain to their family. However, if your loved one is a senior, particularly if they are in the final stages of their life, the organization is probably becoming critical. If you are starting to discuss eldercare services with your loved one, this is a good opportunity to bring up legal considerations as well.

Advanced Health Care Directives

One of the most important sets of documents for your loved one to take care of is setting their health care directives. For individuals in eldercare services, health care directives are incredibly important, but what are they? In sum, they are a set of documents outlining what level of medical intervention a senior should receive should they become unable to make that decision for themselves. This happens in the event of a serious illness or incapacitation. There are two forms of advanced health care directives: a living will and a durable power of attorney.

A living will should provide detailed instructions for the types of eldercare services that should be provided and at what time. On the other hand, a durable power of attorney for health care should appoint someone your loved one trusts to made decisions on their behalf should they become incapacitated from doing so. It is highly recommended that your loved one should have both and they should discuss them with as many individuals as possible to make sure their wishes are followed.

Living Will vs Will

Wills are different from living wills. Whereas living wills set out directives for medical care should an individual become incapacitated, wills outline how an individual’s assets should be allocated in the event of their death. Both are incredibly important for your loved one to have. Wills are one of the least liked of legal considerations, but they can make a major difference in the lives of an individual’s loved ones who will not have to spend painful hours in courtrooms.

In case of emergency, your loved one should set aside the following documents and let people know where they are located: birth certificate, Social Security records, health and life insurance information, including policy numbers, names and addresses of primary care physician and medical specialists as well as medical history, special arrangements made for health care, including advance directives, funeral prearrangements, Medicare documents, trust documents, living will, will, sources of income and assets, bank statements and safe deposit box locations, mortgage papers, investment records, negotiable securities, credit card information, most recent income tax return, loan papers, military discharge papers, marriage license, and divorce papers. 

Classes from Comfort Keepers in Federal Way, WA
  

FIVE WISHES – THE LIVING WILL WITH A HEART & SOUL
The Five Wishes Life Planning Tool assists individuals and their families to make important choices about medical care and other vital issues. It is a legal document and acts as a Living Will to clarify your wishes and assist family members when you are seriously ill or cannot make decisions for yourself. The Five Wishes include:

  • The Person I Want to Make Care Decisions for Me When I Can’t
  • The Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don’t Want
  • How Comfortable I Want to Be
  • How I Want People to Treat Me
  • What I Want My Loved Ones to Know

 

SENIOR RIGHTS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - ESTATE PLANNING
Senior Rights Assistance is proud to partner with King County Bar Association to assist seniors with legal concerns. Come to this session to learn about wills, power of attorney, living wills, living trust, community property agreements and/or probate. Senior Right Assistance has empowered persons of all ages to utilize their legal and consumer rights. Presented by Sound Generations & Comfort Keepers

 

TEN WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LEGAL AFFAIRS
Estate planning ensures your assets will go to the people you want them to go. This workshop covers what you need to know about your will, durable power of attorney, and advance directives. Make sure you plan now so you’ll have peace of mind for yourself and family members in the future. Presented by: Rebecca King, attorney with Northwest Elder Law Group & Comfort Keepers

 

For more information about these classes, call us today at (253) 200-0038. 

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