Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier offers conversation starting questions to slip into casual gatherings before any health crisis arises in order to determine parents’ values and desires for end of life care.
DECATUR, GA, April 17, 2019: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “A Guide To Asking Your Aging Parents End Of Life Questions,” in which Ms. Collier helps adult children ease into an often difficult topic.
“So,” begins Collier, “how do adult children address these end of life issues with parents who may be extremely private?” She adds, “More importantly, how do you approach your parents with these kinds of questions long before a health crisis happens?”
According to Collier, “It helps to have a general idea of questions you can ask casually that might lead to a deeper conversation. If you keep the topic lighthearted, and once again before any serious health issues occur, it will probably be easier for you and your loved one.”
Collier provides a list of questions as a guide. They are as useful to the one posing the question as to the one being questioned. And, Collier makes the point of being casual and lighthearted in the asking. For instance, “If I begin to have difficulty with cooking, cleaning and other household responsibilities, I would like to: a) Move in with Family, b) Remain in my home with home-based services to help me, or c) Other.”
Collier goes on to add that, “Learning to ask questions of our parents instead of assuming we know the answer is always a gentle way of getting to the bottom of fears.” She says, “Making easy conversation and asking loving questions that indicate your concern for your parents’ well-being as they age is a good practice. Starting sooner rather than later will establish a foundation for deeper exploration later when health issues arise.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/articles/a-guide-to-asking-your-aging-parents-end-of-life-questions/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.