Power of Attorney Documents
Power of Attorney document allows someone you name to take care of your business for you. The Power of Attorney document must state the powers you are giving. Generally the person you name as your agent can pay your bills, talk with your creditors, negotiate on your behalf, and manage your money.
Your Living Will allows someone you name (your agent) to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make your own medical decisions or cannot communicate. You can give your agent specific instructions to follow.
A will is the legal declaration of how you want your property disposed of after your death. A will should be thought of as one part of an estate plan, a plan which represents the culmination of a person's life — his or her work, hopes and dreams. It is not easy to accumulate an estate in this day of high taxes, rising costs of living and of educating children. An estate represents what is left after a lifetime of work, and generally it is accumulated in the hope of passing on some measure of support to your family.
The best way to carry out your hopes and dreams is through careful estate planning. Your will is the most important part of an estate plan, and perhaps the most important document you will sign in your lifetime. It serves as a substitute for what you would do for your family if you were still alive.
Cultural Competence Toolkit
In order to be more effective and proactive in assisting elders with their
legal issues it is imperative for staff to be sensitive to the unique needs of the
individuals they serve. Sensitivity to these cultural and ethnic issues is also
important in not only the provision of legal services, but also for all help providers
give. An over arching goal of Legal Aid’s ElderAccessLine® is to assist
service provides in addressing cultural, economic, health and care-giving nuances
among older adults who are African American, Latino, American Indian,
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The National Senior Citizens Law Center works toward an America in which elderly people and people with disabilities can live in dignity and safety, free of the worries and pain of poverty, able to afford health care to the end of their days, and able to contribute to their families and societies to the best of their abilities. NSCLC advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.
The Aging Network in Nebraska is made up of individuals and organizations in the public and private sectors. Funded by the Older Americans Act, the Nebraska Community Aging Services Act and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the State Unit on Aging has broad responsibilities for addressing the concerns of older Nebraskans.