What is an Adult Guardianship?

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There are two primary types of adult guardians in Pennsylvania – a guardian of the person and a guardian of the estate. A guardian of the person is in charge of the health care decisions and living arrangements for of the individual. A guardian of the estate is in charge of the property management and […]

Planning for Getting Older

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It’s 2017. Another year has disappeared into history. If you are like me, the older you get, the more quickly each year seems to pass. January is the month when people make resolutions for the New Year. If you are over age 60, and especially if you have reached age 70 (like me), consider this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Power of Attorney: Issues to Consider

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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” So wrote 19th Century poet William Ernest Henley, expressing a human desire that may be harder to attain in the 21st.  Life expectancies have soared over the past 100 years.  But, as we live longer, the risks increase that due to […]