Planning, Benefits, Abuse, and Discrimination: The Basics of Elder Law & Issues Specific to the LGBT Aging Community Part 1
Attorney at Law
Attorney J. Scott Corporon explains ways that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people can legally protect themselves from being taken advantage of in various situations that can happen to older adults. He emphasizes that all couples, but especially non-heterosexual couples, should be very thorough in their estate planning. There should be two powers-of-attorney documents, one for health care and one for financial assets. This allows a person to designate the person of his or her choice to make health care and financial decisions in case of a serious, incapacitating illness or accident. Mr. Corporon emphasizes that clear, unambiguous power-of-attorney documents are especially important if there are family members who do not approve of homosexuality. An additional hospitalization visitation form is important, especially so with same-gender couples.
Recorded: April 11, 2013