The U.S. population is aging, with all its implications. More and more Americans are approaching a time of life when health often begins to decline, making it important to plan for the future.
The most recent U.S. census found that the percentage of Americans in the 65 plus age group is growing at a notably higher rate than the general population, increasing at a rate of 15.1 percent as opposed to 9.7 percent for the population as a whole. As of the 2010 census, seniors over 65 made up about 13 percent of the population. By 2030, when the last of the baby boom generation moves into that group, the over-65s will be a whopping 19 percent of the U.S. population. Scottsdale, Arizona, topped the list of cities with population of 100,000 with the highest percentage of seniors in 2010.
As a member of the aging baby boom generation, you and your family will benefit from consulting professionals in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing home care. If you are in this age group or about to be, it is essential that you document your wishes as to how you want to handle decisions concerning your health care, who will make those decisions on your behalf if the time comes that you are no longer able to make them yourself, who will handle your affairs if you become incapacitated, and how you want your estate distributed on your death.
These are often complex and personal issues, and should only be addressed with the guidance of an experienced elder law attorney.
These are some of the services your attorney will offer that will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your affairs are in order and your wishes for an uncertain future have been recorded and are legally enforceable:
With many years of experience and an exclusive focus on elder affairs and estate planning and administration, the experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate attorneys at the law firm of Gorman & Jones, PLC, serve the elder population of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding area. Call us today for a complimentary estate planning consultation.