Two Legal Documents People With Onset Alzheimer's Disease MUST Get

A large portion of our client base consists of families affected by the horrible diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.  When doing planning for a client with Alzheimer's Disease, we have to take into consideration the client's mental capacity to understand the documents being signed.  Remember that it is the client with the disease who must sign the estate planning documents; the person caring for the client may not sign the legal document on behalf of the client.  
 
The two Powers of Attorney (POA)  for financial and health care matters are some of the most important documents that we recommend to a person with Alzheimer's Disease.  This is because people with the disease have a diminished capacity to make sound financial and health decisions for themselves.  Without a POA in place, a guardianship may be necessary, which is a costly and time-intensive probate court procedure that should be avoided.  Thus, we suggest that the financial and health care POA be executed as soon as one receives the Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis.