5 Common Legal Issues That Caregivers Face


It is unfortunately very common for vulnerable seniors to be taken advantage of legally and financially. For this reason, and for planning purposes, it is important to understand the legal issues that may arise for you as a caregiver or for your senior loved one. Here are details and additional resources for 5 common legal issues:


1. Issues with Power of Attorney

It is crucial to designate someone to act as your surrogate decision maker through a power of attorney (POA) document. However, this useful tool can also pose some issues among family members and with other entities like banks. Consider these articles:


2. Seeking Guardianship

If your aging loved one did not name a power of attorney before becoming incompetent or the person they chose has been accused of mishandling their affairs, it is likely that lengthy and expensive guardianship proceedings are underway to appoint a trustworthy person to take over this responsibility. Consider these articles:


3. Elder Abuse

Unfortunately, seniors can fall victim to multiple kinds of abuse at the hands of strangers and even the people they are closest to. Although those with cognitive impairment are considered the most vulnerable, other individuals are also prone to being scammed. Consider these articles:


4. When Caregivers Need Legal Protection

Elderly loved ones and even other family members occasionally accuse caregivers of abuse. Even if their claims are not accurate, the accused caregiver usually faces legal trouble. Consider these articles:


5. Estate Administration Issues

A will is a legal document that establishes one’s wishes for their estate after they’ve passed away. Unfortunately, many people either do not write a will or fail to update it regularly or make it accessible to family members. Even thought wills are supposed to simplify the process, they can cause conflict for many families. Consider these articles:


Source: Sollitto, Marlo. “5 Common Legal Issues That Caregivers Face.” AgingCare.com, 7 Aug. 2018, www.agingcare.com/articles/caregiver-legal-battles-elder-care-issues-139138.htm.