• Estate Planning & Probate

    Posted on September 20th, 2010

    Written by sslates


    Millions of Americans live with a chronic ailment, and this not only makes it necessary for them to consider estate planning more seriously, but also poses several challenges for the probate attorneys who help them.  A group of researchers has published the results of a study into the psychological and emotional impact of chronic illness on the estate planning process.

    Researchers compared persons suffering from Parkinson’s disease with those suffering from multiple sclerosis to compare the impact on estate planning.  Approximate 105 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis, diabetes, and AIDS.  Unfortunately, many estate planning attorneys may not possess the skills and knowledge required to help these people in the planning process.  Different conditions involve different symptoms, and the challenges involved in handling these patients can be daunting.

    The researchers have advice for estate planning professionals dealing with patients suffering from chronic or acute illnesses.  For instance, someone who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis will find that their symptoms continually deteriorate over a period of time.  That may not be so for someone suffering from controlled diabetes.

    For instance, when a Los Angeles estate planning attorney is dealing with a patient with multiple sclerosis, it’s important to understand that the illness may change the patient’s feelings as the years progress.  It is therefore advisable that annual reviews of the estate planning are conducted.

    Besides, estate attorneys must be able to understand when the client is not able to make accurate judgments.  It is extremely important to be alert to signs of poor judgment and lack of focus.  Keep meetings with such clients short, and understand that there are serious fatigue issues involved, not just because of the physical condition, but also because of the medications the patient is on.  These medications may also have effects on the patient’s mood and mental state.   Be prepared for sudden mood changes, and make sure that you have all your information in a bullet form so you’re able to go through these quickly without wasting a patient’s time.

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