Many people have an idealized view in mind for how they would like to spend their golden years, and a good number of those people will even plan to make sure they can spend their time traveling or sitting on a boat in the middle of the lack. However, few people will make a plan to handle the more unpleasant side of aging, and far too many people leave those decisions until it is too late. A recent article from Clarksville Now, “Talk to older parents about legal issues now, before problems arise,” looks at why it is essential to speak with your parents to make sure they have a plan in place and how to start that conversation.
While it can be unpleasant, it is crucial to ask your parents about what will happen if they become ill or pass away. Do they have their essential information stored safely and in a way someone can access them if necessary? Do they have a trust or will to make sure their belongs go where they want them to?
Setting up an appointment with an experienced attorney can help get this conversation started. Make sure to look for an attorney who handles elder law and not just estate planning. While the two are similar, elder law looks at what happens after passing and when incapacitated and focuses on maintaining the quality of while.
Reference: Holden, T. (2021). Clarksville Now. Talk to older parents about legal issues now, before problems arise. https://clarksvillenow.com/local/talk-to-older-parents-about-legal-issues-now-before-problems-arise-commentary/