Your Uncle Charlie may be getting forgetful. Does that mean that he has lost the privilege of making a new last will and testament or completing other legal actions?
The answer is complicated.
If you know an elder whose thinking is not excellent, and who is about to sign a will or other contract, assign powers of attorney, etc., it would be very prudent to obtain an expert opinion on how solid the elder’s abilities are.
One of my psychological specialties is to provide an expert, independent assessment of the mental capacity of a living person to sign a new will or other important documents. The assessment is performed in the same week as the new document is signed.
Remember, the more important the document is, the more important it is to know now how solid the elder’s capacity is, and therefore how solid their legal right to sign it is, and therefore how reliably the signed document will stand up against any future legal challenge.
Avoid painful surprises in the future by obtaining an expert assessment today. Dr. Chafetz can be reached at 469-233-5566.
“My passion is ensuring that every adult is mentally ready to succeed in all transitions that comprise the adult years. The meaning in my life comes from helping my patients see themselves, their situation, their future, and the entire world with new eyes and a newly courageous attitude.