Elder Law, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Conservatorships and Guardianships

Many times, issues concerning medical care and financial well being are decided long before our passing. Getting your matters in order requires more than a Will or the establishment of a trust, and we help clients make informed decisions about end-of-life care and lay out a plan that fits their needs and resources.

Durable Financial Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney authorizes a trusted third party to handle your financial matters, from depositing checks in your name and paying your bills to overseeing investments and major financial decisions. A durable power of attorney goes into effect when it is signed and is intended to be used by the agent when the principal needs assistance. At Sutherland & Connor LLC, we do more than fill out a form. We help you identify the best person to serve in this important role and when the time comes, help ensure the agent you named can do the job they have been entrusted to do. While these are inexpensive documents to prepare, we find more and more clients who do not taken the time to get them completed. The result can be an unnecessary and costly conservatorship proceeding. Executing a power of attorney is easy, let us help you get it done.

Medical Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney for health care names and authorizes a third party to help make medical decisions on your behalf. If you are unable to express your own wishes due to dementia or other incapacity, and you have not named an agent under a medical power of attorney, privacy law may prevent your doctor from discussing your care with loved ones. By naming an agent, you decide who should be directing your medical care when you are unable to do so. Like the financial power of attorney, the medical power of attorney is easy and inexpensive to prepare. At Sutherland & Connor LLC, however, we do more than fill out a form. We help you evaluate who you should name as your agent and we make sure you and the agent understand your respective rights and duties. The result of not naming an agent under a power of attorney can be a costly, lengthy guardianship proceeding. Executing a power of attorney is easy, let us help you get it done.

Living Will – Advanced Directive

Making end of life decisions is hard for any family member, but more so when they’re forced to guess about your wishes. A living will provides critical care instructions and is one of the easiest legal documents to arrange. We include a living will every estate plan we prepare for a client.

Conservatorships and Guardianships

Adults who are unable to effectively manage their own affairs and medical care, due to dementia or other incapacity, need people to assist them. The people who serve in such roles are known as the conservator or guardian. The process of being appointed to serve as a conservator or guardian is called a protective proceeding. The attorneys at Sutherland & Connor LLC handle all aspects of a protective proceedings and can advise either the proposed conservator or guardian, the protected person or other interested persons on their respective rights and duties. If you believe you need to commence a protective proceeding, we can help you analyze the situation and help you determine if less intrusive, less expensive means are available to you. If not, we commence the proceeding and help secure the appointment of an appropriate conservator or guardian. We work with many institutions, banks and geriatric care managers who can serve in various roles if there is no family member to serve. These are complex cases that touch on individual freedoms and the desire to protect those who may need protection, at Sutherland & Connor LLC, we have been down this road and can bring that experience to help you resolve your unique situation.