Hey Maggie.....July 3 2012 at 12:44 PM
sas (Login sangelas)
Response to Hi, thanks for asking; back home, at work.
Glad things are settling down for you -- what an experience!! Can't imagine being in that heat for so long and with the kids!
Having gone through dementia with BOTH my parents I know a little bit about what you are referring to as far as eldercare atty. Basically, there are two routes to go, either MIL and FIL still have sufficient capacity to sign legal documents and will sign medical and non-medical POAs, or you may have to go through obtaining a guardianship. The latter is very unpleasant b/c it is done against their will but, sometimes, that is necessary if it is in their best interest.
Neither process is rocket science and if you go to a big firm they will charge you big prices and, generally, do it the same way (or not as thorough) as a sole practitioner who practices regularly in that area. Large firms generally give things like that to their newest associates to do.
My recommendation is to contact your state bar association. If you live in or near the city where your state bar association is located, that's perfect since they, more likely than not, have a huge database of attorneys they can refer to you under various areas of law. If you are not in or near the state bar city, the county you are in will usually have a county-wide bar association with similar referral service.
Feel free to email me if you need more info.