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End-of-life planning can prevent heartbreak for families

This blog has incapacitated loved one, the results are heartbreaking.

The dispute over Kasem's end-of-life care occurred between his children from his first marriage and his subsequent wife. Allegedly, there was bad blood between Kasem's children and wife, and it only worsened when Kasem's health condition continued to go downhill. Kasem's children claimed that their father's wishes were to pass away in peace and comfort in the presence of friends and family. Kasem's wife said that the children were moving too quickly and that they were taking away Kasem's necessary medical care too soon. Kasem passed away at age 82.

Disputes like the Kasem family's are all too common. When a loved one is nearing the end of life, everyone wants to do what they think is best for that person or to comply with what they think that person's wishes would be. Regrettably, the opinions of loved ones often conflict and the final days of a family member are spent fighting over what is best rather than celebrating the family member's life. End-of-life planning can help alleviate a lot of these conflicts because it allows an individual to list out their wishes or designate a guardian to make decisions for him or her should he or she become incapacitated.

Enduring the death or end of life of a loved one is overwhelmingly tragic even without an ensuing family or legal battle. Washington attorneys experienced in guardianships and end of life planning can help individuals plan for these types of situations and help avoid family turmoil.

Source: KMBZ News Radio, "Casey Kasem and a lesson about end-of-life care," Victor Spinelli, June 15, 2014

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