Planning for the future—either your own or that of an older or disabled loved one—does not have to be stressful. At the Law Offices of John L. Laster in Falls Church, we approach elder law and special needs planning as an opportunity to craft creative solutions to the issues you and your family are facing. We take the time to learn about you and your family, so we can provide quality legal counsel tailored to your specific needs.
As our population ages, more families find themselves caring for older relatives. The laws in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. provide several options in the forms of powers of attorney and advance directives that address the needs of aging family members. If you are getting older, you should outline your preferences early on so that it is easy for loved ones to make decisions regarding your care.
An advance directive allows you to clearly state your wishes regarding your later life care in the event you are incapacitated and cannot express your wishes. There are two types of advance directives:
Advanced care planning is not limited to appointing an agent or creating a living will. We are skilled in helping you express your intentions about all kinds of future care decisions.
If a family member becomes incapacitated, a guardianship or conservatorship may be needed to provide for his or her care and finances. Different options work for different people—a guardianship or conservatorship may never be necessary for many people. Some may require one or the other, and some may need both.
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