Assisting Seniors

Individuals assisting seniors often discover that seniors have special legal needs.  Seniors may need legal assistance in a variety of situations…

  • Seniors may need help managing financial affairs.  An attorney can help you create a Power of Attorney.  With a Power of Attorney, a senior will gain the assistance of an “attorney-in-fact” to help pay the bills and manage bank accounts.
  • Seniors may also need help with medical decisions.  Several documents address this issue, such as the Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney document.
  • If Alzheimer’s or other serious medical condition is an issue, you may want to ask the lawyer about Guardianship.  In the event of incapacity, a guardian assists the senior by making important decisions when the senior is no longer able.
  • Seniors should consider getting a Last Will and/or Trust if they have not already done so.
  • Attention must be taken when seniors transfer assets.  Transferring money or a house can have negative tax consequences or even affect eligibility for public benefits assistance.  Contacting an attorney with experience in assisting seniors may be a good idea in making transfers of assets.

 

How do you know which legal documents are needed?  Is a General Durable Power of Attorney enough for your situation?  Do you know who is legally authorized to make healthcare decisions  in the event of a medical emergency?

Contact Shutt Law Firm for a free consultation do discuss your needs.  Attorney Isaac Shutt focuses his practice only on Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, and other legal matters that are unique to seniors.  Mr. Shut will provide a no-obligation consultation in his office north of Dallas in Richardson, TX.