Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and unfortunately people with Alzheimer’s will eventually lose their capacity to make decisions. So, it’s important that certain legal documents, especially powers of attorney, are not only in place, but done so that they will still serve their purposes at the time that it is going to be needed the most. For powers of attorney, this means they need to be durable.
In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson, Southern Illinois Elder Law attorney, discusses another topic covered in The Alzheimer’s Guide: Practical Advice for Families, Caregivers and Professionals and explains why the powers of attorney documents need to be durable.
Alzheimer’s and Why Powers of Attorney Need to be Durable
Hi, I’m Wes Coulson and this is your Elder Law Minute. This is another one in our series of videos on Alzheimer’s planning and while I’m mentioning that I will invite you again to contact us to get a copy of your free Alzheimer’s Guide, there’s a lot of good stuff in here.
What I want to talk to you about today is powers of attorney for someone with Alzheimer’s and why they need to be durable. So, what does durable mean in this sense?
Well, what it means is that if the person who signed it later becomes incompetent or incapacitated, that circumstance is not going to cause that power of attorney to no longer be effective. So, since Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, and unfortunately people with Alzheimer’s will eventually lose competency, lose capacity, we need to make sure that a power of attorney is still going to serve its purposes at the time that is going to be most needed. Thanks.
For more information on Alzheimer’s Guide Topics, visit these articles
- Can Someone Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Still Execute Legal Documents?
- Essential Legal Document’s Anyone With Alzheimer’s Needs to Have in Place
- Alzheimer’s and the Powers of Attorney for Property: Why the document’s specific language matters so much
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