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Helping Seniors Preserve Their Lives
Asset Protection Planning for Persons in a Nursing Home or Entering a Nursing Home Powers of Attorney • Wills • Trusts • Probate
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Michael B. Walling, Attorney, Special to Senior Times
QUESTION: My Mother has dementia. Her doctor’s office said I should get a power of attorney for her. Where do I get one?
ANSWER: What the doctor’s office is referring to is called a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (commonly referred to as advance directives or patient advocate designation). This is where your Mother will appoint you
to be her Patient Advocate. As Patient Advocate, you will have the legal authority to make all medical care and medical treatment decisions for your Mother in the event that she is no lon- ger capable of making them herself. This includes; consenting to treatment or refusing treatment, what medications she will take as prescribed by her doc- tor, moving her to a different facility, or even changing to a new doctor. It also includes the authority regarding end-of- life decisions such as stopping life sup- port.
However, first it has to be deter- mined whether she is able to give you that authority. In order for your mother to execute a Durable Power of Attorney she has to be of sound mind. Basically, she has to have the ability to make rational judgments and understand that she is giving you the power to make medical treatment decisions for her
if she cannot do it herself. If she has dementia, she may not be of sound mind. If she has been declared incom- petent by her doctor, then she certainly is not of sound mind.
The State of Michigan has a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form that is available for free. You should be able to get one from your local hospital or senior center.
You can also have an attorney draft one for you for a fee. The advantage
to having an attorney draft it is that the attorney will determine competency at the time of signing. This will reduce the chance of challenges to the document.
Michael B. Walling is an Elder Law attorney with a Master of Laws Degree. He is the Managing attorney of The Elder Law Center and the law firm of Michael B. Walling, PLC. Mr. Walling is also a part-time Professor at Western Michigan University. Please send any questions you would like addressed to: The Elder Law Center, 4625 Beckley Road, Building 400, Suite 4003, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015. You may also call (269) 968-1101 to set up a free ini- tial consultation. This column is intend- ed for general information purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice to any particular person.
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Hastings is gathering together people of all ages to help them ring in the holi- day cheer with their three-day Christmas celebration, the “Hastings Jingle & Mingle.” This annual event happens
on the first weekend in December, this year’s dates are December 1-3.
The event kicks off Friday with the traditional Manger Lighting on the County Courthouse lawn. Saturday events start at 10am with the Santa Dash, a 5k costumed fun run. Sunday you can stop and have pancakes with Santa.
Other events include: Visits with Santa, Holly Trolley, carriage rides, arts
and crafts at the Hastings Library, gin- gerbread house competition, extended hours at downtown retail shops, make something cool at Santa’s Work Shop, and more.
Be sure to put your chairs out early to save your space along State Street for the Annual Hastings Christmas Parade that starts at 5:30pm, see floats from around the county and beyond. Later, enjoy the “Spirits of Christmas” restau- rant drink and food specials, starting immediately after the parade.
To stay informed on these events and more, go to our website at www.hasting-
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