Dementia can attack anyone, so all Maryland residents should plan for a future that could require help from a loved one. Putting a power of attorney in place before this happens is essential. The papers that need to be addressed can be done so with an attorney, but many different types of papers have to be considered.
The reason medical facilities in Maryland and across the country always ask about such things as advanced directives when they admit a patient is because of the Federal Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990. This ensures that each patient who is on Medicare is informed of his or her right to make decisions about his or her own health care. One way to have a say in this is for each individual to have a medical power of attorney in place. It's also crucial the named agent is an individual that the person granting the power trusts implicitly and is also one who understands and accepts the specific wishes of the individual making the appointment.
Over the recent years, people have become acutely aware of the problems with the nation's healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act is just one attempt at solving various issues with healthcare in Maryland and other states. Many experts believe there is not a single action that could ultimately fix the situation. However, one action that every person can take to help alleviate some of the costs on the healthcare system is to make sure to have a healthcare power of attorney and a living will in place.
When a person dies, that person's property and assets will need to be distributed to their rightful heirs. However, if one has failed to do proper estate planning preparations the state of Maryland will decide how to divide the decedent's estate. Most people would rather not let the government decide what to do with their belongings after death. This is why it is important to create a last will and testament in order to instruct who should inherit the property in a person's estate.
Maryland residents can benefit greatly from a living will. As technology has evolved, the way a person creates a living will has changed as well. Final wishes are now not only being discussed with friends and family, but posted on social networks as well.