Advance Directives

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Open Conversations: Give the “Gift of Peace” to Your Family

By Miles Hurley | December 22, 2020

Having an open conversation with your family about the kind of end of life care and medical intervention that you want is the best holiday gift you can give. A Happy and Healthy Family Until… Cathy and Mark are loving and close siblings who live in different cities with their own families. Their 80-year-old parents,…

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The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare

By Miles Hurley | October 15, 2020
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Guardianship Mistakes: Failing to Plan

By Miles Hurley | March 19, 2020

The guardianship process is complex, expensive, and often humiliating to the older adult. Most times, guardianship is also avoidable.   Plan ahead to avoid guardianship.   Whenever possible, guardianship should be avoided. The most effective way to avoid guardianship is to plan ahead. Sine there is no guarantee that we will be of sound mind up…

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Complete Estate Planning: Advance Directives for People with Dementia

By Miles Hurley | February 13, 2020

In November of last year, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece by an ER doctor titled “Doctors are torturing dementia patients at the end of their life”.  Read the article here The doctor’s experience and perspective are not unusual. As Jane Brody of the New York Times summarized “Advanced dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the…

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Complete Estate Planning: Advance Directives

By Miles Hurley | January 31, 2020

No estate plan is complete without an advance directive.   The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare replaces the old living will and power of attorney for healthcare.   It was adopted by the Georgia legislature and put in place by the Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services on July 1, 2007. It requires…

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New Year’s Resolution: Finally creating a will and powers of attorney!

By Miles Hurley | January 2, 2020

Let’s make this the year you finally tackle some of those tasks that you’ve been putting off. At the top of your New Year’s resolution list should be your estate plan.   Most adults put off estate planning for several reasons: 1) It seems overwhelming and confusing; 2) It seems terribly complicated and expensive; 3)…

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Make Estate Planning a Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Miles Hurley | December 27, 2019

It’s unbelievable, but 2019 is almost over. As we approach the new year, it’s time to start thinking about new year’s resolutions.  This year it’s time to make estate planning a part of your new year’s resolutions. Like most people, you’ve probably been putting off your estate planning. It can seem too confusing, too expensive,…

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Hiring a Professional to be Your POA

By Hurley Elder Care Law | June 26, 2019

  For most aging adults, family members act as the health care and financial agents. Most of us have a spouse, adult child, sibling or other family member who is able and willing to be our agent(s). More and more frequently, however, we are hearing from elder orphans—or those who have no adult children, spouse…

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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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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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