Making the Rules Work: The Legal Documents That Make Unpaid Family Caregiving Happen

A unique dialogue between a expert on legal issues in Family Caregiving and an experienced Unpaid Family Caregiver explaining the importance of executing and using legal documents in protecting the rights of family members who need assistance in providing self care

I. Foundations for Well-Planned Management of Family Care
for Today and Tomorrow

Introduction to the Section: How the Law Supports Safe and Effective Family Caregiving

I-1. Law and protecting the well being of people who are at risk and their families
I-2. Trusted Authorities: Lawyers and Other Advisors
I-3. The Decision Makers: People who look ahead, people incrisis, and prepared Unpaid Family Caregivers

II. The Dialogue: Critical Documents from the Points of View of Expert in Legal Issues in Family Caregiving and an Experienced Family Caregiver

Introduction to the Section: Critical Documents, Their Value and Their Limitations (including accessing government information and service)

II-1. Powers of Attorney Granting Financial Oversight
II-2. Advanced Directives
II-3. Health Care Surrogacy Designations
II-4. Living Wills
II-5. Wills
II-6. Trusts
II-7. HIPAA Releases and Privacy Protections
II-8. Contracts for Care: In-Home Services, Long-Term Care
II-9. Property Documents
II-10. Insurance Plans: Understanding Limitations, the Rights of the Insured, and Options for Exceptions
II-11. Identification Documents: Keys to Service (birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers, picture identification documents, legal name change documentation, divorce decrees, Social Security Cards, Medicare and Medicaid cards, military service record)
II-12. Record keeping: The Role of Documentation in Supporting Decision Making

Appendix: Vital Information Checklist