By Cassandra Jelincic, Esq., Attorney at Law
 
Our firm is called Elder Law Associates PA, and a great majority of our clientele is over the age of 60 … but what we do is really applicable to anyone over 18. I have seen horrific cases that involve elder abuse, murders, and crippling illnesses that take the physical freedom of a person away but leave their mind perfectly intact. Many times, this job is not easy, but it is always rewarding. However, the days that always seem to hit hardest are when a decedent or alleged incapacitated person is in their 20s or 30s. They had their whole lives ahead of them only to have it ended too soon due to catastrophic illnesses or injuries. We often think that Advance Directives and Last Wills and Testaments are only needed by our parents’ generation (or grandparents). Unfortunately, people that are in the prime of their lives also have a need for the documents we prepare.
 
Parents' authority to dictate their child's financial and medical decisions stops the second the child turns 18. This coming of age is a tangible freedom for many young adults. What young people may not realize, though, is that as of that moment, should something happen, they may no longer have anyone who can legally make their financial or medical decisions for them.    Read More Here...