Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier writes about a topic that often comes up in her practice about the legal obligations of adult children for the care of their parents.
DECATUR, GA, June 6, 2019: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Are Adult Children Legally Obligated For The Care Of Their Aging Parents,” in which Ms. Collier urges readers to have a plan for long-term health care.
Collier writes, “Every now and then I am asked by a client whether adult children are legally obligated to take care of their parents in their elder years.” She elaborates, “Sometimes this question comes from an adult child and sometimes it comes from a parent with adult children. In either case, I can usually tell that there is a great deal of stress loaded in this question.”
Collier points out, “It’s true that some parents were not good caregivers to their children. Some children may have been abandoned or abused mentally and or physically by their parents. And, in some cases the children may have abused the parents due to mental health issues.”
According to Collier, “There is a fairly standard answer based on filial laws that are on the books in 29 states, Georgia being one of them. You can look up filial law at Wikipedia which states that, “Such laws may be enforced by governmental or private entities and may be at the state or national level. While most filial responsibility laws contemplate civil enforcement, some include criminal penalties for adult children or close relatives who fail to provide for family members when challenged to do so. The key concept is impoverished, as there is no requirement that the parent be aged.”
“Many parents do not want to burden their children with the financial responsibility for their care,” says Collier. She adds, “This may be just the motivation required to seriously consider setting up a long-term care plan as part of an asset protection and estate plan. As I’ve said over and over again, neither asset protection nor estate plans are the exclusive domain of the wealthy.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/articles/are-adult-children-legally-obligated-for-the-care-of-their-aging-parents/
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.