Our Goal Is To Make End-Of-Life Concerns And Planning Easier For Families In Alaska
At some point, all of us end up one step closer to the end of our life and the many decisions that must be made one way or another. Discussing our mortality is never a comfortable topic, but being prepared for end-of-life care and other concerns can give you peace of mind.
Seniors, in particular, should consider end of life planning as early as possible if you haven’t already done so. A skilled Anchorage attorney from Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC can help put a plan in place.
What Is Elder Law?
Elder law is a specialized area of law with a focus on older clients and their families. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions with sound judgment regarding end-of-life concerns and planning for the long-term.
Over the years, we have helped many people in dire circumstances. When we meet with our clients, we truly listen to every situation so that we can put a plan together to address all concerns.
As elder law attorneys, we advocate for you and the legal issues older people face, including Medicaid planning and senior health care, long-term care, retirement planning, estate planning and asset protection, and end-of-life concerns.
We take these complex matters and break them down in an easy to understand manner for you. Most of all, our focus is your best interest as we navigate towards helping you make the best choices for you and your family.
End-Of-Life Care And Elder Law
Unfortunately, sometimes we receive a terminal diagnosis or failing health that signals the end of life sooner than we hoped for.
End-of-life planning can happen at any age, but as you get older, time is of the essence. Being prepared can benefit you in a couple of ways.
Most importantly, it can help ensure your wishes are carried out whether it concerns the financial matters of your estate or your medical care. This allows you to stay in control of your own affairs while taking the burden away from your family.
End of life preparation can help put your mind at ease so you can better enjoy whatever time you have left.
The important thing to understand is that to ensure that your wishes are respected, various legal documents must be in place for your decisions to be legally enforceable. These documents must address any potential health issues that may come up as well as any financial concerns you might have.
Careful consideration of your general health status, your spiritual beliefs, your financial health, and the dynamics within your family should factor into some of your decision makings. Once you’ve evaluated those things, it’s a good idea to ask an attorney about these important legal documents and the role they can play in seeing your wishes to fruition.
Alaskan law will only recognize your wishes if they’re conveyed in a legal document. Some of these documents may include a Health Care or Durable Power of Attorney, an Advance Healthcare Directive, and wills and trusts.
Advance Directives And Their Role In End-Of-Life Planning
You may have heard the term ‘Living Will’ before. An Advance Healthcare Directive and a living will are essentially the same things. This document allows you to instruct your family and the medical profession on the type of medical treatment you want in certain situations where your prognosis is deemed terminal.
A Living Will is usually valid if you’re in the latter stages of a medical condition that is expected to end your life, or if you’re unconscious and doctors don’t expect you to ever wake up. These conditions would likely render you incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself.
If your wishes are not legally outlined, the final decision for any medical treatment you may need may fall to your family or someone else. And while your family will have your best interest in mind, chances are they may disagree among themselves.
This could create a lot of unnecessary resentment among your loved ones. Meanwhile, you may not end up with the decision you would make for yourself. So, it’s important to make this decision while you’re in better health and have it detailed in an Advance Healthcare Directive.
Your Advance Healthcare Directive might outline under which situations you’d want to continue treatment and which ones you’d want to withdraw treatment altogether. It might stipulate whether or not you want cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, or even hydration and nutrition fed through your veins if doctors don’t expect you to recover.
Ideally, you’ll have an Advance Healthcare Directive and a Power of Attorney. The agent you’ve named in your Power of Attorney should understand your end of life wishes and both your agent and your attorney can play a role in ensuring that your wishes are carried out.
Contact Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC For Comprehensive End-Of-Life Planning
Think about how a long-term plan can help make the choices you want while protecting you and your family’s future.
You don’t want to discuss and carry out these important end of life concerns to just anyone. These decisions will be the most important choices you’ll ever make. It’s important to seek the help of a compassionate elder law attorney who understands how Alaska law factors into your decisions.
You also want someone who really understands the family dynamics involved in decisions like this. While the choices you need to make aren’t easy, once you have a plan in place, there will be less stress for everyone.
As elder care attorneys, we go above and beyond the call of duty. We’ll advocate for you and support you and your family at a time when you need a calm, reassuring voice. And we’ll be there at every stage of end of life planning.
Contact our knowledgeable Anchorage attorney today for your long term plan. We want to ensure that you’re financially and medically protected during your late-life challenges.