Hiring an Elder Care Attorney

Hi Dr Marion, Enjoyed your interview on PBS this afternoon (San Antonio, TX) Great information! I have a unique situation I was hoping you could help me with. My wife is from Japan (Nat American citizen)We have no children and no living relatives in the U.S. She does not drive, never had a job and depends on me for everything. She is 71 and If I were to die before her (likely) she would be lost. We are in our own home now but I have been looking at retirement communities where she would have transportation and community support. I am familiar with caregivers but who could I trust to help her with finances (bill paying, taxes etc) We have a few friends but I would prefer a professional personal assistant(?) who could visit her every 2 or 3 weeks to "oversee" the finances. The retirement home would take care of her other needs. Is there such a person or would an elder care attorney be the answer. I have a will and the executor is a close friend but I think I may change that to an elder care attorney also. Sorry for the lengthy email and any advise/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Martin in Texas, 77

 

Dear Martin,

I am very impressed that you’re so sensitive to your wife’s needs and that you’re planning ahead to meet both of your future needs.  I usually prefer to deal with an elder care lawyer since rules and regulations change so frequently (even as I write this!), and it’s an attorney’s job to be aware of the changes that would impact your situation the most.  If you need more advice, an elder care lawyer is often affiliated with tax accountants, financial advisors, and the like.  Good luck!

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