Legal and Financial Matters

  • Anne M. Lipton
  • Cindy D. Marshall


We have often seen patients and families suffer significant emotional, medical, and financial consequences from failing to put legal powers in place. We therefore provide some basic information and definitions to help you in seeking and making the most of legal consultation.


Legal Power Surrogate Decision Maker Legal Affair Incapacitate Patient Adult Protective Service 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne M. Lipton
    • 1
  • Cindy D. Marshall
    • 2
  1. 1.Diplomate in NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyBuffalo GroveUSA
  2. 2.Memory Center, Baylor Neuroscience CenterBaylor University Medical CenterDallasUSA

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