By Susan M. Graham, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Senior Edge Legal, Boise, Idaho
My 69-year-old Cousin in Seattle called on Sunday to update me with his bad news. His mother died on Thursday, his daughter was engaged to an unemployed plumber who has 2 young children, and my Cousin was diagnosed with diabetes. I asked if he had paperwork in effect to help address some of these issues and, like most people, he said “No.” He did tell me he is “thinking about” doing something.
Are you over 65 with no plan for your future?
Do you want to be in charge of your life for the rest of your life?
Wishing does not make it so. Put a plan in place to make that happen.
What “parts” does your plan need to take the mystery out of tomorrow and replace it with confidence and security? Everyone needs to start with the basics. First, decide and sign papers that set out who will handle your health decisions and finances if you are unable to help yourself. Most of us do not plan to die tomorrow, but it is a guarantee it will happen some day and you get to elect who gets all your things, from a ring to a bank account. At a minimum, you need a Last Will and Testament to fully accomplish your plan of who inherits from you when you are gone.
Get started on your plan now. How?
Contact your Certified Elder Law Attorney to discuss where you are, what you want to accomplish with the rest of your life, and discover the best strategy to get where you want to go.
If it takes you a while to get your appointment, then go to my website, and down load the free forms for a financial power of attorney, health power of attorney, living will and a holographic will form.
Stop wishing, and do something NOW! Take the steps to help yourself have a more secure future.