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Death With Dignity Laws

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Clients sometimes ask me whether they can authorize their healthcare agent (named in their advance directives or medical powers of attorney) to, essentially, euthanize them if their quality of life becomes intolerable.  The answer is no, that would be considered murder, at least the way the laws ...

End-of-Life Care Decision Making

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Just as we create estate plans for our eventual demise, we also need to plan ahead for the possibility that we will become sick and unable to make our own medical decisions. Medical science has created many miracles, among them the technology to keep patients alive longer, sometimes indefinitel...

It Might Be Time to Name a Health Care Agent

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

The medical procedure may be routine. However, you still need to be ready with answers. Many documents, including a living will or health care directive, may now need to be in place before medical procedures, according to the Kirkland Reporter in “Take control of health care decisions in 2019 ...

A Good Death Is Rarely Achieved

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Passing away quietly at home without pain is not a common occurrence. Increasing the chances of achieving a peaceful death requires some careful planning as well as conversations with loved ones, according to The Wall Street Journal in “Preparing For a Good End Of Life.” You will want to make ...

Take Care of POA, Living Wills BEFORE the Need Arises

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The need for caregiving often comes about unexpectedly.People often think they should make arrangements for a Power of Attorney or living will but unfortunately the need arises suddenly resulting in a challenging situation, according to Expert Click in “How to Get Power of Attorney for Aging Pa...

How Does One Prepare for Alzheimer’s?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than 5.7 million people in this country are suffering from the disease. More and more members of families are experiencing the dilemma of expressing their wishes before they become incapacitated from Alzheimer's Disease, according to USA Today in “B. Smith's Alzheimer's raises question: How...

How Do You Fill Void when Caregiver Role Ends?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

What happens to the caregiver when your loved one is gone? Providing care for another adult can be difficult because the caregiver often puts their life on hold.  They may find themselves facing a new challenge later, according to the AARP Bulletin in “What Happens When Caregiving Ends?”

Don’t Wait for a Health Crisis to Begin Planning

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

What measures would you like carried out if health issues arise and you can't speak for yourself? A very important conversation to have with your loved ones is what you would like for care should a health crisis arise. While it most likely will not be your favorite conversation, it is importan...

Review Your Estate Planning Documents

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

If the topic of medical directives has not come up within the family and there has been no discussion, then do it now. Medical directives and other estate planning documents need to be kept up to date as the years pass by, according to the Watertown Public Opinion...

Heading to Arbitration? Depends on Who Signed Agreement

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

So, just who signed the agreement? The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that the daughter of a deceased dementia patient does not have to submit to binding arbitration with a nursing and rehabilitation center, because of the question of having authority to sign the agreement, according to Legal Newsline...

Early Stages of Dementia? There Is Still a Future

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

There can be a future, but plans must be made. A diagnosis of early stages of Alzheimer's does not mean the immediate end. However, it does mean that plans have to be made quickly, as explained in The New York Times article “Leading an Active Life with a Diagnosis of Dementia.” 

Estate Plan Can Protect You from Family Drama

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

You cannot control the action of an adult child, but you can prepare for it. No matter how close family members may be, they do not always agree with your viewpoints and that can create some real problems in later years. However, those problems can be avoided, according to “Aging parents can...

Can You Customize Your Own Homecare?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you prefer to remain in your own home, check out options before deciding on assisted living. There are many seniors and retired Americans that are not aware of options that help them remain in their own homes if that is what they prefer, according to Next Avenue...

It Is a Good Idea to Have an Advance Directive

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

It may be a tough conversation to create an Advance Directive.  However, it can give you peace of mind. While it may be difficult to come to conclusions needed to create an Advance Directive, it is really a good idea to have one when you reach the age of majority, according to The Herald News...

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