Planning an Estate after a Dementia Diagnosis

Dementia is defined as a group of symptoms that cause memory loss and impair judgement. The diagnosis primarily affects the elderly and can hinder an individual from performing simple day-to-day tasks such as paying bills or driving a car. Because dementia negatively affects one’s mental capacity, the ability to plan an estate can become severely impaired, making the assistance of an elder law attorney essential.

How a Lawyer Can Help

If an elderly individual is unable to plan their estate independently, enlisting the help of an attorney can help prepare vital legal documents for your family member. An attorney can help draft documents for estate planning, such as:

  •  Powers of attorney
  •  Physical orders for life-sustaining treatment
  •  Wills and trusts
  •  Medical release of information
  •  Hospital visitation forms

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia symptoms, the attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC, have the necessary experience to help make sure their best wishes are honored. As dementia symptoms progress, planning an estate for your family member can become more and more difficult. Drafting important life-planning documents as early as possible is crucial.

Contact a Dementia Attorney in Chicago Today

If your loved one suffers from the symptoms of dementia, contact the Chicago legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC. Our attorneys are ready to give you the legal advice necessary to help you plan your loved one’s estate and prepare vital legal documents. Our lawyers understand how difficult these situations can be for a family. Call our offices today at (855) 328-5787 to speak with one our attorneys about your specific situation.


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