Our office receives numerous calls from concerned loved ones and family members wondering if or when they should start Medi-Cal planning (Medicaid is called “Medi-Cal” in California). The answer: It is never too early or too late to discuss the planning options available. Below are just two examples of the many types of calls we get every day where we advise clients that Medi-Cal planning is an option right now. Mrs. Jones is an 81-year-old widow experiencing short-term memory loss. She is … [Read more...] about When Is The Right Time To Do Medicaid/Medi-Cal Planning? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
There are different types of powers of attorney, and they are used for different sets of circumstances. For example, a general power of attorney would give an agent of your choosing the ability to act on your behalf for all different types of purposes. Let's say that you are going to be out of the country for an extended period of time. The general power of attorney would allow your agent to handle all of your affairs. There are also limited powers of attorney. To provide another example, … [Read more...] about Should I Have a California Durable Power of Attorney?
As disheartening as it may be, statistics consistently indicate that a majority of Americans are not prepared from an estate planning perspective. Given this reality, recent statistics regarding the percentage of people that have a living will in place unfortunately come as no surprise to estate planners. A popular legal website conducted the survey, and it found that just over 60% of the respondents did not have a living will in place. Unlike a last will, a living will is not used to state … [Read more...] about Living Will Statistics Come As No Surprise
Advance directives for health care are important when you are making preparations for the latter stages of your life. In many instances, people become unable to communicate before they pass away. Medical decisions may present themselves while you are in such a condition. The purpose behind advance directives is to state your preferences regarding medical procedures as you also name someone to make decisions on your behalf if it becomes necessary. To record your preferences regarding the use of … [Read more...] about Advance Directives: Selecting a Medical Decision Maker