Published February, 2015

Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill: Seven Key Steps to Get Your Affairs in Order, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2009)

This guide provides information on several steps to consider for people facing serious illness or injury. The steps are:

·      Plan How to Pay for the Health Care You Need

·      Make a Plan to Manage Your Health and Personal Decisions

·      Make a Plan to Manage Your Money and Property

·      Plan for the Care of Dependents

·      Know Your Rights As a Patient

·      Know Your Rights As an Employee

·      Get Your Legal Documents in Order

The guide warns that federal and state laws change regularly, and advises checking reference materials or consulting a lawyer to determine if more current information is available.