Living wills topic of talk by attorney

A Columbus attorney plans to talk about living wills and other advance directives during a free educational session from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Seymour Community Center, 107 S. Chestnut St., Seymour.

Lora Mount with Voelz, Reed and Mount LLC focuses on estate planning and elder law, including obtaining guardianships, trust and estate administration, and asset protection in preparation for long-term care.

She will discuss the need for powers of attorney for finances and health care, the importance of having an appointment of a health care representative, living will declarations and Physicians Order of Scope of Treatment forms.

Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding an individual’s preferences for the management of their finances and decisions about medical care and end-of-life care if they are not capable of making decisions on their own behalf.

Advance directives aren’t just for older adults. Unexpected medical and end-of-life situations can happen at any age, making it important for all adults to prepare these documents. By planning ahead, individuals can get the medical care they want, avoid unnecessary suffering and relieve their family and loved ones of the burden of making decisions during moments of crisis or grief.

The Elder Law Section and the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association along with Thrive Alliance Area 11 Agency on Aging and Seymour Senior Citizen Center are sponsoring the session as part of National Elder Law Month, which is in May of each year.

Information: Thrive Alliance at 866-644-6407 or vbateman@thrive-alliance.org