Advance Directives

NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

By Miles Hurley | August 9, 2022

Recently a new and important bill was signed into law. Georgia House Bill 752, also known as the Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD), is a forward-thinking law that empowers individuals to take control of their lives and health care through proactive decision-making to address their unique mental health needs and situations. Why is this important?…

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Barriers to accepting a POA

By Miles Hurley | July 12, 2022

“No,” “Denied,” “We can’t accept that,” … These are all words our client families hear daily when presenting a General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters  (POA) at a financial institution.  To protect an account holder’s assets, many banks will refuse to accept a power of attorney. They fear fraud and exploitation, so they…

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Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare

By Miles Hurley | January 18, 2022

https://youtu.be/sMaB5WPK1zs

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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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