Legal Issues

It's not about the immediate gratification, it's about avoiding massive problems down the road. Do it now, be happy later.

If you're not an Attorney, don't be scared

Legalese and fancy terms can frighten non-legal minds away from relatively simple and important tasks. Many of the legal objectives you should be tackling make perfect sense when explained in layman terms.

Deal now or deal later

But now, is usually much, much better

Not only is it usually expensive to deal with the legal part of growing older, but it only gets more expensive if you decide to kick that can down the road. In addition, the issues can often be contentious between family and with the aging individual. There's nothing easy about this aspect of caregiving; you just have to get your hands dirty.

Seeking out legal help can be a complicated and frustrating job.

Personal referrals are a great way to go

In some areas, local aging services will sometimes offer free legal help to senior citizens. However most legal services offered through government organizations are geared toward serving lower income individuals and families.

Beyond these services, you may want to spread your network tentacles to tap into vetted referrals. If your friends and family network seem to turn up empty, explore your State Bar Association, American Bar Association or The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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