Mirit Hoffman
Focusing on the elderly and their families

Car Accidents and Enduring Power of Attorney

Last week I was in a car accident (which is why my live session in Hebrew was postponed to this week instead, and if you do not have a clue what I am talking about you really should check out my facebook page). Thank g-d I am getting better, but it was a terrible feeling.

I don’t like being caught by surprise and this was a total surprise. It was a chain accident and the driver who caused it was 2 cars behind me.

I am a planner, so only after collecting my thoughts and being proactive, did I start to get over my initial shock, (together with the fact that my amazing friend Aviva left work early to keep me company for four hours on the highway until the tow truck came, and the team at Auto King Garage in Beit Shemesh that went above and beyond).

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document that enables us to prepare for the unknown future. Through this document we can decide, while we are still healthy and clear-minded, what we want to happen if we are incapacitated. A carefully constructed plan that can be activated during a crisis situation, or during a more gradual longer-term event, such as the onset of dementia.

An Enduring Power of Attorney allows us to specify our wishes in all these situations while we are still able to do so.

Developing a plan is one of the most important things that can be done to maintain our independence, safety and well-being.

This way, if the situation occurs, everything is in place exactly the way we want it to be.

I leave you with my two cents:

  1. Please be careful on the road
  2. Life is unpredictable- let’s do what we can to make it easier for us and for our family.

Have a meaningful Tisha B’av!


About the Author
Mirit is a mother of three treasures and an attorney since 1996 who advises on all aspects of elder law. This includes Guardianship issues, and inter-generational transfer planning for individuals including preparing Wills, Trusts and Enduring Powers of Attorney's. She gives lectures on these important topics throughout the country, and has a column on the website Kipa discussing the relationship between grown up children and their elderly parents (a.k.a the "Sandwich Generation"). Coming from a strong background of U.S. and Israeli Taxation, Mirit has a holistic approach to issues concerning both jurisdictions and look at the bigger picture when dealing with concerns that involve dual citizenship. Currently her private practice is in Beit Shemesh.
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