It is so important for our parents to get their legal affairs completed before a future diagnosis diminishes the legal capacity to make proper estate planning decisions.
For seniors, the new disorder making the rounds is “mild cognitive disorder.” This diagnosis is an attempt to bring to psychiatry the same awareness to levels of cognitive senility that medical doctors know all too well and yet still understand too little. If the DSM5 is published as is, and becomes the go-to reference, then we’re likely to see many more elderly diagnosed into categories that have only just now been created.
For families taking care of elderly loved ones, and those getting on in years themselves, it’s useful to understand the basis for any diagnosis made by their doctors. Regardless, the takeaway would be to get your legal ducks-in-a-row before a future diagnosis diminishes the legal capacity to make proper estate planning decisions.
Have you or your elderly loved ones got your affairs in order by updating your Will and Trust so that your home and cash assets are protected?? There has been many changes in laws and your life that may have impacted your estate plan. Call us for a review!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation please call Attorney Patrick Kelleher at 781-871-PLAN (7526) or by email at Pat@myfamilylifeplan.com
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Reference: The New York Times – The New Old Age Blog (January 25, 2013) “Time to Recognize Mild Cognitive Disorder?”