“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
This quote is very true. And it’s just as true to say that, at times, caring for your aging parents does not feel like an honor. It can be hard work and, if not planned for, can cause relationship problems. But where do you begin? What needs to be done first? What if your parents don’t want to make a plan or share their plan with you? It can be very difficult for a parent to discuss these private matters with their children. They may not want to discuss finances with you or to admit they haven’t made a plan.
How do I get started?
The best way to get started is to begin talking with your parents about this topic while they are still active and healthy. Waiting until a crisis occurs makes everything much harder on all concerned. There are many ways to bring it up, but the easiest may be to share what you and your spouse are doing to be prepared. That can open the door to more discussion.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
It’s a good idea to find a professional Estate Planning Attorney to guide you through this process. This is not the time to try and do it yourself. If things aren’t properly filed, it can cost much more to correct them than it would have to start with professional help from the beginning. An Estate Planning Attorney’s job is to be a trusted advisor who can help you avoid pitfalls and provide information about your options. From living wills and trusts to Power of Attorney documents and help with probate, having someone you trust by your side will be a great benefit to you.
You can get more detailed information here, or call the Law Offices of Arnold N. Hirsch at 480-832-3000 for a consultation. With over 35 years of experience in Arizona law, we’ll be there to make sure your parent’s wishes are carried out and their future is secured.
Up next, a checklist of tasks and a set of questions you’ll need to assist your aging parents.