A health care proxy, also known as a “health care surrogate” or “medical power of attorney,” allows you to designate another person, known as an agent or proxy, to legally make health care decisions for you if you can’t do so yourself. It does not grant any powers to the health care agent until you’re […] The post 6 Characteristics to Look for in a Health Care Agent appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
There are about 77 million baby boomers in the U.S.—making that group significantly larger than the generations immediately before and after it. As they age, they’re creating a much larger senior population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults 65 and older will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history by the year […] The post Elder Law Myths appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Studies have found that an estimated 90% of elderly people prefer to receive care at home vs. receiving institutional care. They want to continue to live in the comfort of their own homes as long as possible to stay close to their loved ones, maintain their independence, and enjoy a better quality of life. Another […] The post 4 Reasons to Have a Personal Care Contract appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Family members have long provided caregiving for their aging loved ones, but estimates are indicating that there won’t be enough of them for the job in the near future. A recent Forbes article entitled “As Baby Boomers Move Into Old Age, Who Will Care For Us?” mentions that it’s estimated that 117 million Americans will […] The post Who Will Care for Baby Boomers as They Age? appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Fact: the majority of people over 65 will need long-term care. It’s estimated that 70% of people over the age of 65 will require some type of long-term care (LTC) services during their lifetime. That could mean needing assistance with at least a couple of activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, or bathing, […] The post Why You Need to Plan for Long-Term Care Expenses appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Over 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. This included an estimated 5.3 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65. And Alzheimer’s disease is just one form of dementia. It’s important to create a plan when you’re in the early stage of dementia. It will help […] The post 5 Legal Steps to Take When Facing Dementia appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the psychological barriers to creating an Estate Plan. “No one likes to think about dying – and that is probably one reason most Americans lack wills.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/how-to-make-a-will.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 The likelihood of having a Will, or other Estate Planning documents increases with age. Only 20% of millennials (ages […] The post Is Your Brain Preventing You From Creating a Will? appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Just as soon as the sugar high of Halloween comes to an end, daylight savings time is also a wrap. In an instant, the holiday music playing everywhere we turn is encouraging us to start gearing up for holiday celebrations and family visits. For many adult children who live near their parents, regular check-ins are […] The post Important Holiday Conversations with Family appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
Whether you see your parents on a daily or weekly basis or have to travel to visit them at the holidays, there comes a time when we realize that they are aging and may be facing some health or cognitive issues. Perhaps suddenly, they seem to need more assistance with daily tasks. Whether there is […] The post Tough Conversations with Aging Parents appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you are likely faced with more challenges to overcome than you may have thought possible. You may be seeking resources to help you cope with wide array of hurdles from physical, developmental or emotional challenges. Parents of children with special needs are also faced […] The post Special Needs Estate Planning Considerations appeared first on The Heritage Law Blog .