Dementia diseases are one of the most common and debilitating diseases for those over 60 years of age. In general, dementia is an irreversible and degenerative disease - meaning that it gets worse over time. Dementia can lessen one's ability to process and retain information, problem-solve, … [Read more...] about Dementia – What It Is and What To Do About It
There are basically three types of legal documents necessary to plan for mental disability: Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Financial Powers of Attorney, and Revocable Living Trusts. 1. Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Including Living Wills A Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal … [Read more...] about Essential Documents for Mental Disability Planning – Arizona and New Mexico
One of our attorneys recently met with a couple in Albuquerque undergoing a very unexpected and difficult situation. This couple, whom we will call Dennis and Jane, have four children. The youngest of their children, Brian, is 24 years old and was living with them while he works his way through … [Read more...] about Plan for the Unexpected Today, For Tomorrow May Be Too Late
A couple of months ago I had the difficult experience of sitting across the table from a woman who, speaking to me through her tears, told me that her mother was in the intensive care unit of the local hospital - and there was nothing the daughter could do to help make health care decisions for her … [Read more...] about Don't Leave Your Health to Chance – The Importance of Health Care Documents For Those in Arizona and New Mexico
As much as we hate to admit it, there may likely come a time in our lives when we are incapable of making decisions for ourselves. We may find ourselves incapacitated mentally, physically or emotionally, impairing our judgment and making it necessary for someone else to protect us and make vital … [Read more...] about What is a Power of Attorney and Why Do You Need One?
Life is filled with uncertainties and comes with no guarantees. There are many occurrences we could never have anticipated. However, there are things we can do to help prepare ourselves for the unforeseen events, such as creating important legal documents. On February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo … [Read more...] about Terri Schiavo and the Need for a Living Will
If you do not have a current HIPAA form, or have loved ones who don't, then this week's project is especially for you. HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and was enacted in 1996. The most notable affect of HIPAA is its endeavors to protect personal information and … [Read more...] about This Week's Project: Get Your HIPAA Form in Order