"[T]ake steps now."
Estate planning attorneys revel in fun and gaiety just as much as other persons do, which means -- for purposes of this blog post -- that they are far from immune from the excitement that gifts, laughter and camaraderie engender at birthday parties.
You love your parents very much. It can be difficult to watch them age. You may be faced with tough decisions. In some cases, your parents may have a plan in place and make their wishes clear. Other times, you may have to have hard conversations with them to think through options. Either way, moving your parents into an assisted living facility can be difficult. Financing can be tough. You know that it is the best solution. You know they will get the care they need. It may be helpful to encourage them to make the best of the situation. You can help them make their new home more comfortable.
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It is certainly as important as the act of initially creating a sound and tailored estate plan to take an occasional peek at it thereafter and make tweaks as necessary.