Everybody dies. Yes, everybody claims to know that simple truth, but only a few act like their death could actually happen someday. According to a study, “only 69 percent had discussed end-of-life care with a spouse’ just 17 percent, or 40 percent of those over 65 had done so with their children. One third of Americans had a Living Will and even fewer have taken the more legally enforceable measure of appointing a health care proxy to act on their behalf if they cannot act for themselves.”
By “2030, more than 8.5 million Americans will be over 85 – an age at which roughly half will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of irreversible dementia. For many members of the baby boom generation — more likely to be divorced and childless than their parents — there may be no legal next of kin.”
These facts were printed in a recent New York Times article called “Taking Responsibility for Death.” Read the article here.
Advance Health Care Directives – a living will and health care power of attorney – are some of the most important parts of your estate plan. There are forms available at most hospitals and online. Some forms are statutory. These “one-size-fits-all” forms may be better than nothing – or they could create problems.
It is best to invest in sound legal advice to explore options, identify potential problems and to clearly express your wishes and desires for end of life care.
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Ronald Zack is a Tucson Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney who can help design an estate plan that will achieve your objectives, including providing for yourself in the event of your disability and your loved ones after you are gone. A carefully prepared estate plan can assure the transfer of your non-financial wealth, along with your financial assets. In addition to wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other planning documents, Ronald Zack can help with any actions in Probate Court – guardianships, conservatorships, probate administration. Please call for a comprehensive evaluation that will focus on your needs and your particular situation.
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