When a family member lacks some or all ability to make everyday personal care or financial decisions due to a diagnosed medical condition, it can be difficult to know how to provide essential support while preserving a loved one's independence and dignity.
Recognizing that you or a family member are facing deeply personal and complex issues, Attorney DiPaola can guide you through the essential questions and legal solutions that address your unique set of circumstances.
Attorney DiPaola offers counsel and representation in the following areas:
Advance Care and Estate Planning
For adults who retain decision-making ability, this process produces a Health Care Proxy and Advance Care Directive appointing a health care agent to make future healthcare decisions on your behalf, and a Durable Power of Attorney and other documents that manage and protect the estate. It can be an alternative to Guardianship and Conservatorship.
If a family member lacks the ability to make everyday personal care, health, or safety decisions, Guardianship is a protective legal process to maximize the personal liberties of a loved one, while providing essential care for his or her safety and well-being.
If a family member lacks the ability to make financial decisions, Conservatorship is a protective legal process to maximize the personal liberties of a loved one, while providing the necessary assistance managing the estate, assets or business affairs.
When family members disagree on how to care for a loved one with diminished capacity, Mediation can help resolve complex issues and produce a family designed mutually agreeable care plan.