As patients or caregivers, it is frightening to think about what would happen if we could not advocate for ourselves. Fortunately, there are legal documents that can be used to communicate our wishes under such circumstances. This type of legal preparation is called incapacity planning and guardianship.
Annette Hines, Esq., founding partner of the Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, will be speaking on the basics of incapacity planning and guardianship and will answer any questions patients or caregivers may have about this type of legal preparation. Questions to be answered include:
- What is a power of attorney?
- Why do you need to create different power of attorney documents for finances and health care?
- What happens if you do not have power of attorney documents set up in advance?
- What is a guardian, and why would you need for one to be designated?
- What documents are required to appoint someone as a guardian?