SaveTweetWith average life expectancy now being dramatically longer than before, older people comprise more than 10% of the US population. Accompanying this growth are the services associated with our older generation's needs: elder healthcare, nursing homes, and legal guidance. Legal advice is especially important to protect the interests of the elderly not just for estate planning, but also to prevent instances of neglect or abuse.
If you have older parents or relatives that you'd like to make sure are being taken care of, then take a minute to explore Avvo's Legal Guides below. Here you can learn all about living arrangement options, power of attorney, guardianship, and how to spot elder abuse.
Have a serious heart-to-heart conversation with your parents..
This is a conversation that should be based on a relationship of equals. The adult children may need to overcome the adult-child roles... more
As your parents or other family members get older, you may start worrying about their living arrangements, especially if they have been ill or have suffered injuries at home. It can be difficult to... more
Don't assume 'nursing home' and 'assisted living facility' are interchangeable terms. Learn the differences and similarities between these facilities to determine which is best for your loved one.... more
What Is a Guardianship or Conservatorship and When Is It Necessary?The purpose of a guardianship or conservatorship is to ensure that continuing care is provided for you if you are unable to take... more
What is a
A Guardianship is a Court approved arrangement that is
useful when a person cannot manage their own financial or personal affairs. The
Court sees Guardianship as a last resort... more
Understand the Issues.
Creating a durable power of attorney ensures that someone you trust (usually called your "agent" or your "attorney-in-fact") will be on hand to manage the many financial tasks... more
Here are some signs to watch for.
(1) Sudden changes in a senior’s banking or financial habits or names added to accounts; (2) Large unexplained credit card charges or large bank withdrawals; (3)... more