Documenting your Wishes with an Advance Directive

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Advance care planning is a process through which you consider your personal values about medical treatment and the care you want to receive at the end of life, discuss those values with your family and others close to you, and complete documents that record those decisions for the future.  It is the best way to help […]

PA Makes Changes to Power of Attorney Laws

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On July 8, 2016 the Governor signed Senate Bill 1104 (SB 1104) into law as Act 79. SB 1104 makes broad ranging amendments to Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Included are a number of changes to Pennsylvania laws regarding powers of attorney. It is likely that another bill dealing […]

CARE Act: Some Help for Family Caregivers

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Our health and long term care support systems rely heavily on family caregivers who provide unpaid home care to their loved ones. According to a June 2015 report, 44 million adults in the US provide personal care assistance for family members. 34 million of them care for frail elders. Being a caregiver can be really […]

Planning is for “Them”

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Once upon a time, my wife had to make a very difficult decision. Her father was in the hospital for what looked to be the last time. She drove to New Jersey, where he lived, from Pittsburgh, where we lived at the time to see him. When she got there, she and her sisters had […]

Medicare and Conversations about End of Life

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Medicare is proposing that it compensate physicians for discussions with patients about end of life medical care. Currently such “advance care planning” is covered only as part of the “Welcome to Medicare” introductory visit for new beneficiaries. Medicare is the federal program that insures 55 million older and disabled Americans. About 80% of people who […]

Just the Basics: Healthcare Powers of Attorney

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Just the Basics Series Part 2: Healthcare Powers of Attorney By Attorney Nicholas D. Lutz, Marshall, Parker & Weber Healthcare powers of attorney are an important part of any comprehensive estate plan and one of the most discussed topics during consultations at our office. When clients schedule an appointment, we ask them what their goals […]