Legal Documents for Caregiving

One of the many things you’ll need to do as caregiver is establish legal authority to act on your loved one’s behalf. You’ll need to determine if the relevant legal documents are already available and, if so, where they are located. Without these documents, you cannot make decisions for your loved one unless he or she is present. So it’s a good idea to have required legal documents in your possession before you need them.

Encourage your loved one to prepare the following documents: Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, and Last Will and Testament. For a detailed explanation of these documents, visit Legal HelpMate. Legal Documents 2

It’s important to note that aging relatives must be capable of deciding to grant you permission to handle their affairs. If this isn’t the case, have an attorney advise you of your options. To find an attorney, ask family and friends for recommendations or search for “elder law specialists” in your area on

Attorney fees vary, so call at least three lawyers. Ask for their hourly fees, and remember to do your homework ahead of time so you don’t have to pay for being educated on the basics. Click Additional Resources (at right) for information on preparing to meet an attorney.

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  • Additional Resources

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