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…Read More
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…Read More
The other day, we met with a family that wanted to update their wills, powers of attorney and advance directive. This was a couple in their 80s and their two adult children. As is customary in our office, we all sat around my conference room table and reviewed their current situation, their existing estate planning…Read More
Your grown children may not want to talk about your end-of-life, but they will thank you when the time comes. It is a subject too often avoided and yet not preparing for your own death is a burden you are passing on to your grown children. Death comes to us all, but because of medical advances,…Read More
Several tips on communication with elderly people may be helpful in coping with family relationships. Sometimes it is difficult to talk with elderly parents, especially when roles are reversed and the adult child is providing advice. Some helpful guidelines follow. Giving advice is best avoided if it hasn’t been asked for; let an outside person…Read More
A parent’s unexpected health event could precipitate an immediate need to get your hands on key information and secure valuables. Before something happens, it is a good time to talk to aging parents about what you may need to provide someday. Some parents are hesitant to discuss personal matters, even with their children. For insight…Read More
Unintended barbs cut to the quick and can’t be taken back. Try to work with an elder’s loss of short-term memory or declining cognition when speaking with them. Here are some options when speaking to elders: Hold your tongue; you are frustrated but think about them and repress your emotions. They forget. As reminders, say…Read More
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