Informative and insightful, this is the essential family guide to preparing for ageing parents. This is a book that forces us to confront what most of us avoid - planning for our ageing parents. Our natural inclination is to wait and see what might happen. But when it does happen, or starts to unfold, we, and our siblings, are totally unprepared. Poor decisions, disputes with siblings and partners and the destruction of relationships can be the aftermath. Brian should know, as a lawyer working in this area for over 20 years, he has dealt with the fallout from these failures in families. Avoiding the Ageing Parent Trap is packed full of practical strategies for dealing with family dynamics and managing financial and legal affairs. Including information and practical case studies to support families in their legal, financial and healthcare decision-making, this is an easy to read and commonsense guide from a leading elder care lawyer. His uses his hands-on experience and examples to demonstrate what to expect, and even better how to plan and prepare. A book that will help keep families together and achieve the best outcomes for parents.
Brian is a passionate lawyer, working in the frontier of elder law, or law relating to older people and their families, involving the new dynamic emerging in families – disputes and dysfunction brought on by ageing parents. He was exposed to the simmering issues some 20 years ago in his first visit to a nursing home. Confronted by an imploding family of five daughters, a hapless mother and some of the language of aged care he discovered a new calling - change management for families and their ageing parents. Since then as a lawyer, he has been involved in countless family experiences, some which are truly eye opening. He has many stories and experiences to share and is committed to helping families prepare and plan for better outcomes in elder care. He is a partner in a law firm who specialises in elder care and writes and speaks regularly for leading senior associations and media outlets.
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