A lot of the elderly in the District of Columbia are not able to be cared for adequately by their loved ones and require long-term care. For an elderly person's legal guardian, the decision on what facility would be best for the elder in his or her charge can be a difficult one. Now, there may be one other criterion a legal guardian can use to make the decision.
Statistics show that only about 44 percent of Americans have an estate plan. Even though many Washington, D.C. residents will acknowledge the necessity of estate planning, many still fail to do it. People without an estate plan are agreeing to let the state handle their estate.
Washington, D.C. residents that are either retired or who have elderly parents that are retired are well aware of the challenges surrounding long term care. Decades ago, people could count on programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to cover nearly all, if not all, of those expenses. However, with the changes in the system and the ever-rising cost of care, long term care planning requires more forethought.
Losing a loved one is never easy, nor is it easy to know what to do in order to wind up that loved one's affairs. There are always issues to be resolved regarding the decedent's assets. It will be up to the family to begin a probate in the Washington, D.C. courts.
Estate planning is designed to provide for the disposition of assets and care of family members after death. As part of that planning, many people are creating trusts for their pets. Washington, D.C. is one of the jurisdictions that recognize pet trusts for the care of a person's pet upon death.