Organize Legal Affairs

Do you like lawyers? Of course not! No one does! Lol. I am only kidding because I have friends who are lawyers.  

That said, there has never been a better time than NOW to get your legal affairs in order for you or your loved one. How many of you reading this have for yourself or your loved one a Last Will, Trust, Living Will, DNR, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Surrogate, or Funeral Arrangements?  

This may be step two in our five-part series, however, it is probably one of the most important steps. Do you want the State of Florida to have control over your medical or healthcare decisions? Do you want them to decide what should happen to your assets? There is always that off chance the State may do a better job than an untrustworthy relative, but it would always be in your best interest to have control over these decisions.  

Last month, we discussed the importance of being proactive and how to recognize the signs of a cognitive change in a spouse, adult parents or a friend. Not only are recognizing and being aware of these signs important but this is a crucial time for you and your loved one to sit down and make plans for the future.  

These plans may include things like, “Who do I want make my healthcare decisions? Should I appoint my daughter to make my financial decisions and my son my healthcare decisions? Should they make these decisions jointly or separately? Are my POA documents legal in Florida? What is a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate Order)? What is the difference between a DNR and a Living Will? Which one do I want? Have I updated my Last Will and Testament? Do I have funeral arrangements in place? If so, when did I look at them last? Does my family know what they are?” 

I have mentioned just a few of the many questions that should be discussed between you and your loved one. It is important that you ask these questions so you can figure out what your loved one wants most before they can no longer tell you. What would happen if your loved one lost their ability to communicate the things they desired? These are just some of the questions you should discuss and implement with a board-certified elder law attorney.  

Now we have covered, (1.) Advance Care Planning and (2.) Organize Legal Affairs. Over the next few months, we’ll discuss the remaining three steps of the five-part series; (3.) Make a Financial Plan, (4.) Find the Right Care and (5.) Choose the Right Providers. Need help understanding the complex world of senior care? Call our free senior care expert hotline at 941-676-3411. 

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