Senior Citizen's Guide to PIttsburgh 2014 Vol. 1 Winter/Spring - page 35

Boomers Resource Guide
• Winter/Spring 2014
laborative law often improves
communication between the parties
and provides for a more open shar-
ing of information, leading to the
preservation of family harmony and
a reduction in conflict and resent-
ment in the future. Additionally,
the collaborative process allows for
greater control of the process by the
parties involved and a decrease in
cost and waste of family resources.
Most importantly, collaborative law
in the elder law setting can provide
enhanced privacy and dignity for
the elder involved.
The collaborative process can
play a part in resolving different
elder law issues. For example, it can
facilitate proactive plans for what
will happen when an aging family
member needs assistance, as well as
aiding in the resolution of disputes
regarding Powers of Attorney and
Advanced Health Care Directives.
With its focus on cooperation and
avoiding court, utilizing collab-
orative law in the elder law setting
can help families resolve their im-
portant legal issues by helping the
parties to work together to address
their loved ones’ legal needs in a
safe and constructive environment.
Article provided by Laura Cohen,
Attorney at Law, Family Legal
Center, LLC at (412) 824-0100 or
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