A living will defines your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment.  It is often accompanied by a health-care proxy or power of attorney, which allows someone to make treatment decisions for you if you are incapacitated and the living will does not have specific instructions for the situation at hand.  “Living will” and “advance directive” are…

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When a parent dies, family members often argue over that parent’s favorite items. Arguments can take place over things like a coffee mug, a piece of jewelry or a painting. These types of arguments can be eliminated by filling out a personal property memorandum and keeping it with your will or trust. A personal property…

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Whether at home or in a long-term care facility, elderly Americans are facing increasing incidents of mistreatment and abuse as social isolation during the pandemic creates more vulnerabilities. Stay-at-home guidelines isolate seniors from the systems that can protect them like medical providers, congregations, extended family, and senior centers. The high rate of coronavirus deaths for…

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Powerful “power of attorney” (POA) documents are essential, if there ever comes a time when you or your elderly loved ones become unable to manage your finances or make health-care decisions. Beware of Hospital and Internet POAs Beware if you rely only on POAs that hospitals provide, or that you have pulled off the Internet,…

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