When do I know to assist in my elderly relative’s medical care in Pennsylvania?
Assisting in your elderly relative’s medical care not only is a question of when, but also how. Even if you want to assist with decisions when your loved one falls ill or becomes incapacitated, you first have to be named in his or her health care directive, which typically is found in estate planning documents. An elder lawyer in Malvern can help craft these documents.
If you want to help make decisions about your relative’s medical assistance and have been named in estate planning documents in Pennsylvania, the health care directive will outline what decisions you may make and how.
For instance, your loved one may already have specified:
- preferences for health care;
- location to receive health care;
- what he or she wants you to consider when making health care decisions;
- use of mental health treatments;
- use of feeding tubes, life support, etc.;
- types of medical treatment he or she does and doesn’t want;
- donations for tissue donation; and
- funeral arrangements.
Because there have been so many changes in recent years with medical assistance as it relates to estate planning, Pennsylvania families may opt to consult with an elder lawyer in Malvern or the greater Philadelphia area to get a better idea of options and responsibilities.
In worst-case scenarios, if your loved one’s estate hasn’t been put in order and an agent hasn’t been named, you’ll definitely want to meet with a Malvern-area lawyer with ample experience in elder law. One option is to petition the court for guardianship, and you’ll want someone on your side to make the process as efficient as possible so beneficial decisions can be made for your relative in a timely manner.
We Address Medical Assistance/Estate Planning Needs in Pennsylvania
When your relative falls ill or becomes incapacitated, we know there is no time to waste. The attorneys at Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees have been serving the Malvern area since 1990. Regardless of your Pennsylvania medical assistance or estate planning needs, our team has the experience and commitment to build a long-lasting, trusted relationship with each and every one of our clients. Also serving Phoenixville and West Chester, our diverse team handles cases involving municipal law, litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, real estate, taxation, zoning and more. Contact David Frees today for a consultation.