The holidays in Berks County are a special time. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day there are celebrations and gatherings of friends and families. It is a time to pause and reflect on the important things in life, and the important people in life. While these interactions are intended to be joyous, they can be difficult for others who are reminded of painful memories and loved ones who have passed. Similarly, family members who live far apart or are separated by the busyness of life come together only to recognize that a particular member of the family is aging or declining in health. For this group of people, the holidays are also reminders to do the appropriate planning for the future.
Talking about these matters is not always easy, but they are necessary. There is nothing worse that dealing with the emotions of a major health event or other major crisis and not having a plan in place. It is best to know the loved one’s wishes to ease the burden of the decision-making process. The sage advice of Benjamin Franklin still rings true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Talk with your aging parents or family members now, you will be glad that you did later.
To navigate the planning process and the many topics that need to be discussed, ranging from health care, living situations, transportation, financial, legal and more, we are sharing a link to AARP’s Planning Guide for Families. As you work through the legal and financial aspects of planning, count on Attorney Scott Painter as your local, Reading-based elder law expert for services like wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, estate planning, trust administration, revocable living trusts, Veterans Administration benefits and other legal services. Having an expert working for your family will ensure that wishes and desires are attained.
Scott C. Painter, of the Law Office of Scott C. Painter, P.C., based in Wyomissing, PA is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Scott Painter has practiced law for 32 years and focuses his practice on wills, trust and estates; Medicaid; Medicare; nursing home planning; and veterans’ benefits, including Aid and Attendance. Scott Painter is a graduate of New England College in New Hampshire and is a native of Reading, PA.
For more information on Scott Painter, contact The Law Office at 610-378-5140 or his website, http://painterelderlawpc.com/contact-us/.