Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney)

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How Often Should You Update Your Documents?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | June 19, 2019

  Your estate planning documents should be updated regularly. They are not meant for you to “set it and forget it.”  We recommend that everyone follow the following rule of thumb for updating their advance directives: Whenever there is a new decade, death, diagnosis, divorce, decline, or change in domicile, it’s time to update your…

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Has your Power of Attorney expired?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | June 12, 2019

  At least once a week we hear from a family member who has been told that her dad’s power of attorney has expired. In an effort to protect an account holder’s assets, many financial institutions will refuse to accept a power of attorney. They fear fraud and exploitation, so they will often create artificial…

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Choosing the Best Agent for Your Power of Attorney

By Hurley Elder Care Law | June 5, 2019

  Because a Power of Attorney enables your agent to act on your behalf for all financial matters, it is extremely important that you choose an agent that you trust.  Effectively, you are giving someone else the power to spend your money, sell your property, and take out new lines of credit in your name.…

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Quiz: Are You Truly Prepared for Your Loved One’s Medical Crisis?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | May 29, 2019

  If you are caring for a disabled or aging loved one, you are likely anticipating a medical crisis to eventually happen: The dreaded call from a neighbor or hospital; a late night call from your loved one; coming home from work to find your loved one on the floor! Many of us think we’re…

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How to Talk to Your Loved Ones about Their End-of-Life Wishes

By Hurley Elder Care Law | May 22, 2019

  Many of our clients have touched my life, changed how I practice, and informed my approach. There is one client in particular that I will never forget. He was 99 years old and came to our office for estate planning. He had just moved to Georgia from South Carolina to be closer to his…

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Your Advance Directive is Complete, Now It’s Time To Share It

By Hurley Elder Care Law | May 15, 2019

    Congratulations! You have completed your advance directive! Now what? It is important to now share your advance directive with some important people. You will want to make sure that each of the following has a copy of the advance directive: Each healthcare agent listed; Your primary care physician; Any specialists that you see…

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Going Beyond Advance Directives: The POLST

By Hurley Elder Care Law | May 8, 2019

  Our last few blogs and newsletters have been focusing on advance directives. We are passionate about all Georgians completing an advance directive for healthcare. Some may need more than an advance directive. Advance directives can be misinterpreted, misplaced, or disregarded. The advance directive tells healthcare professionals generally what types of treatment you may want…

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Advance Care Planning Tools: Critical Conditions

By Hurley Elder Care Law | May 1, 2019

  We are passionate about Georgians completing their advance care plans, and we strongly urge Georgians to complete the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare. The Georgia Advance Directive, however, is not the only advance care planning document available. In previous blogs, we have explored, Five Wishes and PREPARE for Your Care. Today’s blog is all…

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Advance Care Planning Tools: PREPARE for Your Care

By Hurley Elder Care Law | April 24, 2019

  We are passionate about Georgians completing their advance care plans, and we strongly urge Georgians to complete the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare. The Georgia Advance Directive, however, is not the only advance care planning document available. In our last blog, we explored Five Wishes. Today we’re exploring PREPARE for Your Care PREPARE for…

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Advance Care Planning Tools: Five Wishes

By Hurley Elder Care Law | April 17, 2019

  We are passionate about Georgians completing their advance care plans, and we strongly urge Georgians to complete the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare (see our last blog and the downloadable form). The Georgia Advance Directive, however, is not the only advance care planning document available. Five Wishes In 1997, Aging with Dignity wrote “Five…

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