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I'm 65 mom is 84 and only has 20% of heart left. The documents I have are a hot mess. I need help with this ASAP. Is there someone I can physically talk to or see in person to help before she is gone?

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Gregg, this is a forum on which posters offer advice. I think you might be seeking an actual live conference with someone, which isn't possible. However, if you provide more information, many posters here will offer suggestions. And those could include types of attorneys and issues to discuss. In my experience, in a situation that's time critical, good law firms will send out attorneys to help.

At one at which I worked, an attorney went out to meet with the client who was in the last stages of life. The documents were drafted that day when she returned from the client's home, she took witnesses the next day and the documents were executed. The woman died the next day.

In my personal experience, my attorney came to the hospital when my sister was dying of cancer; I brought witnesses; the documents were executed before my sister passed (actually several months later).

Good and compassionate attorneys will "go the distance" to help you.


Just a few clarifications to help us, first. I think by "20% of heart left" you mean that she has a 20% ejection fraction? Did any of the doctors explain this to you? It's one measure of how effective her heart is functioning (just a general explanation).


But the "hot mess" seems to be the issue. Could you provide more detail?

It would help to know where she is - in a hospital, at home, nursing facility, assisted living?

What are her other conditions (co-morbidities)? Is she conscious, is she ambulatory (able to walk), is she diabetic? Does she have breathing problems? Has she been advised of how long she might have left? All these factor in together.

Has she executed a Will? Trust? If not the latter, what are the reasons you think she might need a Trust? Has she executed any Powers of Attorney or Living Will, granting you or someone else authority to make legal and financial decisions, or medical decisions?

Are family feuds involved? This is not a personal question; it's necessary to know b/c if other siblings aren't in agreement, your actions could be seen as self serving.

If the end-of-life documents are in place, what are the reasons you feel changes are needed?
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