Health Care Proxy

Do You Have Your Legal Documents in Order?

It’s a good idea to review your legal documents every year to make sure each document is complete and up-to-date.

In previous articles, such as Planning For Life’s Unexpected Turns, we have covered a few cornerstones of estate planning. In this reading, we discuss three essential legal documents—the Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, and Will—and the risks we take without them.

If there is one thing to know about your Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, and Will, it is that they are the primary way to ensure that your wishes are made a priority in the event of an accident, incapacity, or death.

Vigilance Rules the Day

{4:40 minutes to read} In greater and greater numbers, seniors are living alone and facing the daily danger of unintended chaos. We all must do our best to be aware of such seniors and to protect them. While this often requires great vigilance and commitment, it does not have to be done alone.

Doris, an 80-year-old woman, found herself helpless in a nursing home. She had been injured in a fall in her apartment and was rushed to the hospital. After two weeks, Doris was sent to a skilled nursing facility to undergo rehab. The care she received there was incredibly inconsistent and appalling. 

Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney: the Roles & the Responsibilities

Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney: the Roles & the Responsibilities By Gideon Schein{4:50 minutes to read} William is a man in his mid-seventies. Last summer, his family and Gideon Schein convinced William to have a Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy prepared. William agreed and signed the documents. We thought everything was in good order.

It turned out that, suddenly, William got much sicker. He had some psychiatric problems and had to be admitted to a psychiatric facility. The person William had designated as his primary Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy, Mary, left on an extended vacation which had been planned long before. There were 2 people assigned as backup Power of Attorney, Lisa and Robert, but no one had really explained to them what being a Power of Attorney meant. The result was that both of them backed out, after Mary had left.

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