When a loved one gets Alzheimer’s it can be overwhelming if he or she has not planned ahead and gotten power of attorney documents and an estate plan. However, the reality is that most people do not have these advanced plans in place and once Alzheimer’s sets in, it’s too late to get them. That does not mean that you as the responsible family member cannot do anything to take care of things.
The first thing you need to do is to talk to a Probate attorney. As Alzheimer’s progresses, your loved one with the disease will become more and more incapacitated and unable to handle his or her own affairs. Someone needs to be legally able to handle the finances and the health care decisions. The way to go about this is to petition a Probate Court for Guardianship. An attorney can help make the process faster and easier on you.
The attorney can also help you throughout the guardianship in determining what to do and in fulfilling your responsibilities. A guardian has legal duties that must be fulfilled. You do not have to handle them all by yourself, and you shouldn’t. Talk to an Estate Planning attorney who knows how to handle them all. That gives you the ability to focus on the most important thing: the care of your sick loved one.
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