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Monthly Archives: April 2019

What's the difference between elder law and estate planning?

Elder Law vs. Estate Planning: What’s the Difference?

By Andre O. McDonald |

The short answer: Both estate planning and elder law share similar concerns. The longer answer? The differences make all the difference.   Elder Law vs. Estate Planning: The Concerns are Similar   No matter what age we’re, life can deliver some hard knocks. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We can… Read More »

6 Steps to Planning for End-of-Life Wishes

6 Steps to Ensuring Your End-of-Life Wishes Are Met

By Andre O. McDonald |

Contemplating our own death is one of the hardest challenges we will ever have to face. Yet, if we want our dying to be meaningful and merciful, it is imperative that we think about it while we still can. Part of doing so involves thinking through our end-of-life wishes.   For most of us,… Read More »

The truth about ALS and healthcare power of attorney

Live and Learn: ALS and Healthcare Powers of Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

Strong healthcare powers of attorney are indeed powerful for a condition like Alzheimer’s. But it may come as a surprise to learn that a good “basic” advance-directive document needs considerable supplementation when it comes to a dreadful illness like ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Ordinarily, if a patient becomes unable… Read More »

how to preserve quality of life through end of life planning

End of Life Planning Challenges: Preserving Quality of Life

By Andre O. McDonald |

As a lawyer, I am a firm believer in end of life planning. I prepare powers-of-attorney documents (Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills) so that when my clients can no longer act for themselves, the documents will convey on other trusted people the authority to act on my clients’ behalf. But when it… Read More »

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