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What can you do about an eviction from assisted living?

Assisted living can be a haven for many older adults who need just a little extra help to maintain their independence. What happens, though, when the facility's director calls and tells you that your elderly relative is being evicted?

That sort of thing happens all the time. For the facilities, it's often an issue of liability. When a senior's health deteriorates, the facility may make the determination that it simply can't meet the senior's needs. Sometimes, however, evictions are thinly-veiled punishments for seniors and family members who have complained about inadequate care.

What kinds of powers of attorney are there?

A power of attorney document provides you with a sense of security in uncertain times by making it possible for someone to step into your shoes and carry out certain functions essential to your life when you aren't able to handle them yourself.

However, there are several different types of powers of attorney that you may find useful, including:

The benefits of financial and medical powers of attorney

Choosing a power of attorney constitutes a responsible decision. Though it may prove difficult to prepare for the worst, you will likely find comfort in knowing that you have chosen responsible adults to handle your affairs if you are incapable of making decisions.

Delegating both financial powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney holds real benefits. You may decide, before a tragic event would leave you unconscious or unable to make sound decisions, who has the authority to determine your monetary affairs and your medical treatment. In addition, deciding whom to grant this responsibility before you would face illness or injury leaves your designated individuals prepared for their responsibilities. In creating documents related to powers of attorney, you may wish to hire an attorney to ensure that you have filled out all necessary elements and signed all required forms to ensure your choices prove legal.

Don't count on a will to carry out all your wishes

Most people think that if they have their will written, signed and tucked away someplace safe that they're done with estate planning.

Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work that way. That's one of several common estate planning myths. Here are some important things that you should know about the limitations of a will:

Use these methods to talk to an aging parent

Communicating your concerns about your aging parent's ability to manage alone or make important decisions isn't easy. Most people don't even know how to start.

Unfortunately, many people eventually plunge into the conversation in an abrupt way that takes the senior off-guard and leaves him or her defensive and resistant.

Aretha Franklin leaves her estate without a will

Singing legend Aretha Franklin, like many others before her, died without a will. Unlike many others, however, she has a massive legacy that could become the source of a great deal of controversy for her heirs.

The famous Queen of Soul died earlier this month after a protracted illness. Despite the fact that she knew for some time that her health was fragile, Franklin never created a basic will — let alone the type of trust that would better mange her tremendous wealth. Her assets include multiple mansions and the rights to her greatest hits, including classics like "Rock Steady."

Explore options for adult children with autism early

Children with autism grow up to become adults with autism. That can be overwhelming for both the autistic young adult and their parents.

That's why it's never too early to start thinking about how to balance the autistic adult's need for independence with the very real possibility that they will need help navigating some of the complex decisions that every adult has to make.

Do you need a micro estate plan?

You may already be very conscious of the fact that everyone -- regardless of their age or wealth -- should have an estate plan. Accidents can happen in a flash and make the unthinkable a reality, so it's always best to be prepared.

But what about "micro estate planning"? If you have children, this is something you may need to add to your existing estate plans.

What you should know about powers of attorney

If you are beginning to estate plan, you are already on a great path for planning for the future. However, estate planning can be complicated and there are many factors you will need to consider. One of these is determining powers of attorney.

Powers of attorney grant authority to one person to make decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated in some way and no longer able to. There are two types of powers of attorney and both are important for a comprehensive and effective estate plan.

Know these signs of elder financial abuse

Do you know the signs of elder financial abuse when you see them?

It's estimated that there are around 23 instances of elder abuse that go undetected and unreported for every one that is spotted. Many times, that abuse is psychological and financial more than physical. If you have an older adult in your life whom you worry about, make sure that you know the most common indicators of financial abuse in the elderly. These include:

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