Power of Attorney
Questions and Answers
I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather's cancer. It's a difficult time for grandfather and your family; but there are things you can do now to be proactive with the progression of this disease. Adding to Vanessa's recommendations on the medical and financial power of attorney; also look into... more
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The first step you should take is to do a lot of research on the subject. Look at the specific type of cancer he has as well. That means to search the web, talk to family and friends and maybe a doctor. Understand everything you can about this and then be understanding to your grandfather... more
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From a legal stand point there a some key documents your grandfather should consider putting in place:A medical power of attorney, which nominates someone to make medical decisions;A financial power of attorney, which appoints an agent to make medical decisions; and Determine whether, depending on... more
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It is never too early to proactively talk about estate planning. I have family meetings with my clients and their children while my clients are in their 50s, so they are young and healthy still. It is always hard to talk about these things when we are in a crisis mode and stress levels as high. If... more
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The right time is NOW! Why are you waiting?
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Your dad would need to sign a new power of attorney (POA) to transfer the authority to you (or back to you) and revoke the prior POA(s). It sounds like, however, he may be suseptiable to undue influence. So possibly his girlfriend could get him to sign another POA again and it becomes difficult to... more
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Typically Medicaid rules, which vary state to state, allow the well spouse to maintain an amount of what would otherwise be available assets for qualification purposes at the time you apply for Medicaid. Assets acquired after the spouse is institutionalized are not protected and will be counted at... more
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If you are legally married, then all money is both of yours as far as Medicaid is concerned. While the nursing home nor the government can "access" this account, if you refuse to pay the nursing home bills and your husband is not otherwise qualified for Medicaid, then he will be evicted and you... more
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The same legal documents YOU and anyone over the age of 18 needs: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for business matters, Health Care directives. Do you have yours?
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Help to give away her possessions while she is living so there is less fighting over them after she passes. Also, make sure her Will, Trust, and health care orders for Do Not Resuscitate are in order under your state's laws and you know where these documents are.
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