Advancing the Case of Advance Directives

July 2005
Journal of Financial Planning;Jul2005, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p17
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the increasing popularity of living-wills parties in the U.S. as of July 2005. These parties with a purpose were the brainchild of Leslie Piet, a registered nurse who is also on the board of Aging With Dignity and who uses the Five Wishes document of Aging With Dignity to get people started with their advance directives. People are taking the opportunity during discussions after the death of Terri Schiavo to get some plans into place. We cannot let the opportunity pass, either. we would like you to share with us your views on different questions, including what kind of conversations are you having with your clients about living wills, powers of attorney and the agent they want to appoint? How do you handle sensitive family dynamics that come up? How general or specific do you make the advance directives of your clients? How involved should financial planners be in helping clients understand and discuss illness, death, dying, laws and ethics? And what resources or tools do you find particularly helpful?


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