According to a recent study discussed in MedCity News, the rates of dementia in people older than 65 have dropped sharply since 2000. The decrease in dementia is excellent news, as the condition is one of the most distressing and difficult to manage of all health problems. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, and there is still no known cure. The decrease in dementia is also not tied to a specific medication used in treating the illness. Instead, it appears that education and improvements in overall health have driven the change.
There are many reasons to create an estate plan. A customized plan can help you protect yourself and your loved ones if the unthinkable should occur. Estate plans can reduce your tax burden, provide for your future, protect your business and ensure that your medical preferences are respected. With relatively few exceptions, the goals and tools of estate planning have remained the same for decades. There is one area where the law has not kept up with modern life. Digital assets are increasingly important, but are trapped behind laws that were never intended to cover the reality of how we handle information these days.
People in New York who are on the go and living what they deem to be a normal, healthy life will not think about - nor want to think about - the possibility of an injury, condition or illness befalling them and rendering them incapable of making their own decisions. It is an unfortunate truth that these issues come up every day, and a large number of people are left without options since they did not take steps to ensure their best interests would be adhered to in the event of tragedy. This is where a health proxy comes in.
People in Rochester and throughout New York who have concerns about their personal property for the future will undoubtedly be aware of the need to consider estate planning and will planning. One issue that is worrisome for many is if they have a pet. In some instances, the person does not realize that it is possible to stipulate for a pet's care after death. In others, they might be embarrassed to try and add a pet to a will. The truth is that it is not only possible, but wise and kind to do so.
Rochester residents who are considering their options for estate planning might not see themselves as similar to people who are famous or frequently in the news. However, mistakes that prominent people have made with such issues as considering their heirs, will planning and having a valid will can easily be replicated by "normal" people. With this in mind, it is wise to plan. This is imperative for those who are thinking about the future, their family and the assets they have accrued whether small, medium or large. A part of that is considering how famous people have erred and taking steps to avoid the same fate.
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It is never an easy decision. And once the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home has been made, it can be difficult to find a facility that suits the situation.
It is imperative to have a grasp of what elder law does and how its various legal necessities and issues are navigated. There are a great number of categories that elder law covers. From watching over finances to protecting property to ensuring that medical needs are met, those who need assistance must make certain that they are on firm legal ground.