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Setting up Power of Attorney and other documents

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2 months 4 days ago #18 by cody
My family has a history of Alzheimer’s. When do I need to set up my Power of Attorney and other legal documents?

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1 month 4 weeks ago #19 by Michael Brumbaugh
Hi Cody.

Everyone over the age of 18 should have health care and financial powers of attorney documents in place. This is because once a child reaches age 18, his or her parents no longer have the automatic right to health information, to make health care decisions or to make financial decisions on behalf of the child.

If you are younger and have no signs of dementia, then you can have these documents prepared by an estate planning attorney. However, if you are older or have signs of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, then it's best to have the documents prepared by an elder law attorney.

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