Overwhelmed in Legal Lingo?

Communication between parents and children can be fraught with minefields, as simple topics are able to ignite dormant feelings, soothe the most gut-wrenching of issues, or spur a deluge of  snarky comebacks. Just as parents instructed teenage children with a bossy patience (most likely laced with uncertainty), adult children find themselves initiating tough conversations in the same manner. When physical limitations enter the picture, even the most mundane of issues can become something to avoid.


Regardless of the frequency of topics and the nerves and reactions to such issues, there is a time and a place to discuss legal documents associated with your parents future. Even though the word ‘will’ sets off an emotional roller coaster, such legalities are a necessity. Key medical decisions, care and maintenance of their possessions, and ultimate provision for their children are issues to be talked about in love, care, and reason. Three major documents to be discussed are:
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Advance Directives
  • Will

Don’t be intimidated by ‘legalese’ lingo or emotional reactions. ACCFamily encourages you to check out sites to properly research and carry out official documents. One great resource is: http://www.parentgiving.com/elderly-care/caregiving/legal-ease/.