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Living Will

A legal document that communicates a person's wishes regarding lifesaving medical treatments. The document is often used when the individual can no longer communicate.
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  • I frequently think about what the future holds for Marja and me. I am afraid of one day becoming a burden on my family, but I actively try to focus on the present instead of the unknown.
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  • Familiarize yourself with the basic legal documents and forms that seniors and their caregivers use to create cohesive legal, financial and medical plans for the future.
  • Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.
  • Family caregivers work tirelessly to ensure their loved ones’ health and happiness, but many don’t realize that there’s a legal component to their role. Without these crucial healthcare documents, you may not be able to help when your elder needs it most.
  • There are many different legal and financial tools that can be used for Medicaid planning, estate planning and tax planning purposes. A living trusts are one popular option, but it is important to know how this tool works and make sure this is the best fit for your assets, personal situation and goals.
  • Many adult children and caregivers are concerned about how their parents' debts will be handled once they pass. For parents who are in long-term care facilities, there may be some states where children might be responsible for their bills.
  • Some individuals may consider transferring property to a trusted family member as a part of their estate plan or Medicaid planning. However, there are a few different scenarios to consider before opting for such a strategy to ensure you do not lose the property altogether.
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