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The Legal Issues Behind Caregiving /
Establishing a precedent when it
comes to the care of a loved one is essential,
especially with the legal aspects of finances and health
care. Here are some points to consider when taking
control over the legal responsibilities for your
relative in need of care.
Find a lawyer who can help you establish a will or
estate plan for your relative. A lawyer can also provide
strong advice on other key developments in the life of
your loved one.
Discuss with your relative important financial aspects
such as the location of documents, gaining access to
their banking accounts, and stepping in to take over any
financial responsibilities they may have.
Look into the possibility of becoming the power of
attorney for your loved one if they become incapable of
caring for themselves. Often a durable power of attorney
can provide better coverage instead of a simple one.
A living will can provide an end of life decision for
your loved one should they become terminally ill. This
pivotal paper can tell a doctor just how much or how
little care the person wishes to receive.
Talk with other family members about the intentions of
your relative and ask their advice should you feel
unsure about any matter.
Have your attorney distribute the proper documents to
the doctors, banks, and health care providers of your
Understand what your loved oneís insurance plan calls
for in the event of hospitalization or hospicee care.
Be upfront with your relative about your feelings behind
the decisions you make, and allow for them to offer
their advice should they be of sound mind.
Find out what financial protection is offered for your
loved one when it comes to their Social Security and
Contact local agencies that deal with legal protection
of the elderly and see what services they can provide.