The holidays in Berks County are special times. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, there are celebrations and gatherings of friends and families. They are times 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 those 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 it is necessary. There is nothing worse than 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.
To help you navigate the planning process and the many topics that need to be discussed—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 your wishes and desires are fulfilled.
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The law office of elder law attorney Scott C. Painter, P.C., is located in Wyomissing (outside of Reading, PA, in Berks County,) and offers trusted legal services in the areas of elder law, including nursing home planning, trust and estate services, and veterans benefits. Scott C. Painter is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®), and he is also a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
If you have an issue or question, we encourage you to call us. With legal matters, time is of the essence. Call us for a consultation at 610-378-5140. The $300 consultation fee is waived if Attorney Painter is retained to perform services.