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Incapacity planning ties into estate planning

Planning for incapacity is something we all should do at some point.  Doing so ensures that when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself, there are structures and instructions in place so that legal, financial, and personal matters are handled dealt with properly.  

Incapacity planning ties into estate planning

Planning for incapacity is something we all should do at some point.  Doing so ensures that when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself, there are structures and instructions in place so that legal, financial, and personal matters are handled dealt with properly.  

Health care directives not always honored

Advance directives, for those who’ve done research on the topic, are instruments that provide tools for folks to handle their medical care in the event they lose the ability to make such decisions. In Georgia, state law provides the opportunity for people to select a health care agent to make decisions on their behalf, as well as to express their wishes regarding specific treatments or courses of care.

Psychiatric advance directives provide focus on mental health care, P.2

In a previous post, we began speaking about psychiatric advance directives, which are documents outlining the preferences of mental health patients in terms of medical care. These documents, now in use in various states, give those with mental health conditions the opportunity to better control how they are cared for in times of crisis, when they are no longer competent to make decisions.

Psychiatric advance directives provide focus on mental health care, P.1

Our Georgia readers may have heard of advance health care directives and of their importance in helping to avoid confusion and disagreement over medical decision-making. Think of Terri Schiavo and similar incidents. Among those who know about advance directives, there is a tendency to think of these important documents as useful tools for competent adults who want to identify their wishes for end-of-life care in the event they undergo an acute injury or degenerative illness that ultimately leaves them incapacitated. And, indeed, this is a fairly accurate concept of what advance directives can do.

Spiritual support from friends leads to more aggressive end-of-life care

According to a new study conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, those with advanced cancer are more likely to receive aggressive care at the end of life and spend more time in intensive care of the receive some sort of spiritual support from a religious community. The outcome was actually the opposite of what the researchers had expected, as previous evidence has shown that spiritual support from a patient’s medical team leads to less aggressive care and more use of hospice care.

End-of-life decision-making not always easy, even with preparation

Decision-making for those nearing the end of their life can be a trying time for families. In addition to the personal dynamics involved, there can be a lot at stake financially when somebody dies. When this happens,

Advance health care directives help people specify medical preferences

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly three-quarters of Americans eventually find themselves in a medical situation where they are unable to communicate their wishes regarding health care to their providers. Both young and older persons encounter this problem. Fortunately, having an advance directive can help clarify your wishes so that providers know what steps to take when this happens.

How did the estate and gift tax change in the fiscal cliff deal? P.2

In our last post, we informed our readers about the new gift and estate tax rules that came out of the recent fiscal cliff deal. As we noted, the potential change has been a huge issue in the estate planning world for some time, attorneys not knowing what the future would hold and clients not sure what to do with their wealth. The bottom line is that the system that has been in place over the last two years was extended indefinitely.

Addressing uncomfortable questions in estate planning an important thing to do, P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about some uncomfortable yet important questions that can come up in the estate planning process, and the need to address these questions. As we noted, this is not always easy to do, but well worth it.

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