The legal needs of your aging parents are not easy to navigate and All Things Aging Parents recommends that this should not be a "DIY" project. Your best resource for preparing your aging parents for the future and for developing a strategy for their care is to contact an Elder Care Lawyer. They are specialists in dealing with the situations and questions of older adults, and may be a lifesaver to you as you struggle to negotiate some of these needed documents, particularly if you are trying to put plans into place after your parent has become incapacitated. Determining the best option can be daunting task for those of us who are not lawyers. One of the best investments that can be made into the future of your parents is to seek out a lawyer that specializes in Senior/Elder Law.
The following list of lawyers has been provided by the State Bar Association. Every state is different in its categorization of law specialties. Many do not have “Elder Law” as a specialty. Therefore this list also includes lawyers that specialize in probate and family law. The list may not be complete for your area, as lists are changed periodically. While this list only contains licensed lawyers, All Things Aging Parents does not endorse any of these lawyers. As with any major endeavor we recommend that you use due diligence when engaging a lawyer.