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Elder law: Why a letter of competency is so crucial

Some documents are absolutely necessary for seniors to have in their portfolios or estate plans. Louisiana elder law paves the way for seniors who are still able to make their own decisions. One of the most important documents to have is a letter of competency. It could mean the difference between having a valid will and one that could be contested.

Concerning elder law issues in Louisiana and beyond

There are many nursing homes and assisted living centers in Louisiana, as well as in most other states across the country. While an adult child of an elderly patient would no doubt hope he or she would never have need of an elder law attorney, it pays to know where to find help should a problem ever arise. In a perfect world, every nursing home and assisted living facility would function consistent with the highest safety standards. In reality, it does not always happen that way.

Banks beef up training to allay financial abuse of seniors

Increased incidents of people taking advantage of seniors has prompted financial institutions to beef up employee training to thwart these incidents. Louisiana seniors and their families might take comfort knowing that more frontline staff in banks across the state and indeed, in the country, are getting additional training to stop the financial abuse of elders. About 90% of all banks train their staff, compared for just more than 70% two years ago.

Laws to keep Louisiana elderly safe from abuse

Seniors are among the most vulnerable segment of society. Many Louisiana seniors have fallen victim to elder abuse in a number of ways, including financially, physically and emotionally. In fact, the National Council on Aging indicates at least 10% of adults 60 years of age or older in the country have suffered some form of elder abuse. The issue has become a global social one.

The importance of a power of attorney in an estate plan

There are a number of documents that can be extremely useful when it comes to planning an estate. A power of attorney is one of these and there are a number of reasons they're an important part of a well-rounded estate plan for Louisiana residents. There are two types of powers of attorney: medical and financial and it's important for residents to know what they each mean.

Nursing home negligence: Louisiana gets an F for seniors' care

Seeing that senior citizens are taken care of is the responsibility of everyone. Louisiana nursing homes have been notorious for nursing home negligence. One nonprofit group which dedicates itself to improving seniors' quality of life in nursing homes says Louisiana has received a failing grade over the last three years for keeping seniors safe, and neglect seems to be running rampant.

Health care directive a necessary document for the elderly

Having a plan in place for when individuals can no longer make decisions for themselves is crucial. An advance health care directive may be one of the most important documents an aging Louisiana resident can have. It allows a person to share his or her wishes when it comes to things like whether or not to take life-saving measures, and it can also help medical staff when caring for a patient who may not be able to convey his or her wishes.

A living will is an important part of Louisiana estate planning

Preparing for getting older requires some time spent creating appropriate legal documents. Louisiana residents preparing their estate plans may want to include a living will to ensure a well-rounded plan. A living will is important for many reasons, primarily since it conveys wishes for medical care when the individual making the document is not able to make those decisions due to incapacitation.

Need for a health care directive increases as a person ages

Baby boomers are fast reaching retirement age in Louisiana. As that occurs, many of them may not yet have addressed end-of-life issues with their loved ones. No one knows the number of their days on earth, but everyone knows the number is finite. If one were to suddenly become unable to communicate, is there a person who has been empowered to communicate one's final wishes? A health care directive empowers a person to communicate wishes regarding health care and end-of-life care for a person who is no longer able to.

Protecting Louisiana seniors with dementia suffering from abuse

There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing an elderly loved one get taken advantage of. It's especially disconcerting when the senior has dementia. But there are some unscrupulous types in Louisiana who wouldn't bat an eye scamming an elderly person out of his or her money. It is one of the worst and most prevalent forms of elder abuse today.

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