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Elder Law

October 26, 2011

One of the inevitable issues facing senior citizens is how to protect their possessions and make sound legal decisions as they navigate through planning the later stages of life. Caregivers also have to be well informed as to legal issues when they are helping parents, grandparents or other loved ones plan for long term care or make decisions about simple estate planning. The following are some helpful legal tips when facing a situation dealing with elder law.

Choosing a Nursing Home or Care Facility

Qualifying For Benefits

Making Out a Will, Living Will or Health Care Advance Directive

A Living Will and Health Care Advance Directive are documents in which you specifically state your wishes with respect to receiving life-saving or life-sustaining treatment. These can be very specific with respect to the treatment you are accepting or refusing - for example, breathing assistance or feeding tubes. Keep in mind that even if you have a living will, it is essential that the person you appoint as your power of attorney has a copy of your living will.

If you need a referral for an attorney, contact the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 412-261-5555.