Legal Considerations


Everyone needs to have certain legal documents outlining their health care and end of life wishes. Yes, everyone, not only the elderly. This is very important because if these legal documents are not completed, the court can appoint someone to make your life decisions (Weston 2011).

Do you have a Living Will?

That’s why everyone needs the following documents (samples are included in the manual):
Advance Health Care Directive (DNR)
A Durable Power of Attorney
Health Care Surrogate


Please note: The preparation end of life legal documents and some medical documentation may require the services of an attorney. We also recommend that they are reviewed every few years. Eldercare attorneys specialize in making sure that all of these documents are prepared, executed and recorded properly.