The Elder Law attorney and lawyers at Sirkin Law Group have dedicated the last 26 years to legal protection of our elder law Woodland Hills and Los Angeles estate planning clients. We believe that Conservatorships and the need for a conservatorship petition can be avoided for most elders or seniors with the proper elder law planning tools such as estate planning.
Before there is any medical emergency, we prepare our elder clients and their children by making sure they have the right documents at hand. Below you will find a list of documents you should have ready for your parents.
1. Their Advance Health Care Directive or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and a HIPAA Release;
2. A copy of their Driver's license or senior identification card;
3. Their Medicare number (same as Social Security number) , or if on Medi-Cal, their Medi-Cal Card or number.
4. Their supplemental insurance information, and policy number.
5. A list of the elder's medications and allergies.
6. A complete list of doctor's and their telephone numbers.
7. If a Veteran, their military identification number.
8. Location of their legal documents, estate planning documents and the name and phone number of the preparing attorney.
TOP 10 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU KNOW WHEN A CONSERVATORSHIP IS NEEDED FOR A LOVED ONE, AND IF YOU SHOULD FILE A CONSERVATORSHIP PETITION.
Clients in Woodland Hills often ask us whether they need conservatorship for an elderly or disabled parent, or a disabled child. Below is a checklist we have developed to help you make the decision:
1. Can he or she properly administer medication to himself or herself?
2. Can he or she understand the consequence of making a medical decision?
3. Can he or she provide food or shelter for himself?
4. Is he or she easily influenced by others to give away his or her money?
5. Are there signs that he or she cannot be safe when left alone at home?
6. Is he or she bathing himself or herself?
7. Does he or she wear clean clothes or wash his or her clothes?
8. Are there bills that are unpaid?
9. Is he or she forgetful of recent events?
10. Are there people who are trying to take financial advantage of him or her?
WHAT TO DO FIRST WHEN MOST OF THE ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS ARE YES?
1. Call our office at 818.340.4479 and ask for a call assessment regarding your case.
2. Ask us to give you a Capacity Declaration to be completed by a physician. If your loved one will not submit to a doctor's examination, please call us.
3. Gather a list of medications and assets of your loved one
4. Set an in-person appointment to go over the Conservatorship petitions and procedures in Los Angeles County.
Call Attorney Mina Sirkin, Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Woodland Hills Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney at 818.340.4479. Our Woodland Hills office serves the Woodland Hills, Calabasas, West Hills, Tarzana, Reseda, Agoura, Hidden Hills, Canoga Park, Winnetka, and Westlake Village areas. Elder Law Attorney Woodland Hills. Contact us at: Info@SirkinLaw.com. We are located at 21550 Oxnard St. #300, Woodland Hills, Ca 91367. Woodland Hills Office: 21550 Oxnard St. #300, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
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