Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to represent multiple clients that have been diagnosed with Pick’s Disease. Pick’s Disease is a rare and permanent form of dementia that has serious and lasting effects on the person. Those who suffer from Pick’s Disease have behavioral and personality changes which will eventually make it impossible for them to hold down a job or live independently. It is extremely important that anyone diagnosed with this disease meet with an elder law attorney to discuss asset protection and life care planning. Caring for someone with dementia can bankrupt a family unless proper planning is put in place.
If you are diagnosed with Pick’s disease, you should have a power of attorney and advance medical directive prepared, as well discuss whether a special needs trust or asset protection trust would be appropriate for your situation. Don’t delay in making sure your family is protected. Prior planning makes all the difference.