Legal Matters

Legal Matters



  • American Bar Association
    The American Bar Association’s online Lawyer Referral Service lists local referral services by community on a state-by-state basis.

  • Common Legal Concerns
    Basic information about wills, estate planning, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and other legal matters.

  • Evaluating Attorneys
    Some general questions to ask if your loved one needs to find an attorney to handle any of his or her legal matters.
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Advanced Medical Directives

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Elder Law

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Fraud & Abuse

  • Protecting Your Loved One From Abuse
    Unfortunately, unless you are able to be with your loved one 24-hours a day, you need to be aware of the dangers of possible care-recipient abuse.

  • Protecting Your Loved One From Fraud
    The ill and the elderly are often the targets of con artists and other charlatans. Here is some basic information you may need to keep your loved one from becoming a victim of fraud.

  • Spotting Health Fraud
    Unfortunately, the sick and elderly are often the targets of health fraud. How can you tell if your loved one has become a victim?
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Power of Attorney & Guardianship

  • An Overview of Guardianship
    Some basic facts about guardianship, assessment, and a guardian’s rights and responsibilities.

  • Assessing a Ward’s Property
    After you have been assigned legal Guardianship for a loved one, you need to conduct a thorough assessment of his or her assets.

  • Power Of Attorney: The Pros And Cons
    A checklist of advantages and disadvantages to think about if your loved one is considering drawing up a power of attorney.

  • Powers Of Attorney: The Basics
    Some information to consider if your loved one is thinking about signing a power of attorney document.

  • Specific Powers Of Attorney
    In addition to general powers of attorney, your loved one might want to look into specific power of attorney documents that grant only certain, tightly defined powers to the attorney-in-fact.

  • The Guardianship Process
    The steps to take to have a legal guardian appointed for someone who is incompetent or incapacitated.

  • What Is Power Of Attorney?
    An introduction to powers of attorney, including explanations of legal terms, different types of power of attorney documents, and other important information.

  • Who Is A Guardian?
    Would you make a good guardian? Here’s how to find out.
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Wills & Estate Planning

  • Making A Will: The Basics
    While specific laws may differ, there are some general issues to consider when making a will.

  • The ACTEC
    Find information on wills and trusts—or an experienced estate lawyer—at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s home page.

  • The Basics Of Probate
    If you’ve been reading about wills or trusts you have most likely come across the term probate. Clearly, this is a central issue in estate planning, but what exactly is probate?
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