LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Robert Michael Slutsky | Feb 15, 2018

9 Tools That Caregivers Want to Know About

Understand Decisional Capacity: Be aware that capacity is not an all-or-nothing thing. A family member may have some capacities at some times but are gradually losing others. Financial capacity and financial judgment often decline before other functions. So it is important to get help to evaluate ca

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Manage Social Security/Veterans Benefits: Managing someone else’s Social Security benefits requires being appointed as a representative payee. Powers of attorney are not recognized by the SSA. Once approved, checks are paid to the caregiver, to be managed on behalf of the beneficiary. The Veterans Administration has a similar procedure for appointing what they call a VA fiduciary. Other government entities may have similar procedures. To find more information, go to www.ssa.gov or www.va.gov.

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