Find out who they want taking care of them in a medical emergency. As well, talk about their financial affairs.
Make sure that you stress the importance of making all these decisions before they have to be acted on in order to avoid confusion and pressure later on. Ask for the names of their attorney and financial planner so that you have them for your own records.
This person should be chosen by your parents and be someone with whom they are comfortable and who they trust to take care of their best interests. Obvious choices are you, your siblings, or a close family friend.
Always have a backup plan in place in case the first person chosen is unable to meet the responsibility. The second choice should be someone who is just as familiar with your parent’s medical and financial situation. This person should be named as your parents Health Care Agent in a Power of Attorney document.
Emphasize that an AHCD is there as guidance for medical situations that may arise where your parents are unable to speak up for themselves. Make sure your parents understand that the bills will keep coming in even if one of them is ill.
By researching information, such as the cost of home care, ahead of time both you and your parents will have a better understanding of what it will cost to take care of them.
A good attorney can help avoid tax penalties so more of your parent’s assets go the beneficiaries and less to the state. By ensuring that your parents have a legal will you will also avoid having the state administer everything or potentially lengthy and costly legal battles. Planning ahead puts you in control of your choices!
Mr. Abraham is an experienced attorney and founding member of the Law Office of Richard K. Abraham. The Sparks, MD office of the firm concentrates its practice in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Guardianship, Asset Preservation and Fiduciary Representation.
He is an active member in a number of professional organizations that focus on law, the senior community, and estate planning. He works with clients in Central Maryland, especially in Towson, Hunt Valley, Lutherville/Timonium, Parkville, White Marsh, Bel Air & Northern Baltimore City.
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