As we age, our competency, our ability to make sound and logical decisions changes. Sometimes the changes are small and do not truly impair our abilities. Other times, the changes are significant and, if left unchecked, they may result in devastating life changes. Forensic mental health assessments can often help to determine if the changes in your mental abilities, or the mental abilities of your loved one, are significant enough to suggest a need for intervention.
Competency to Make Major Life Decisions
Dr. Lombard performs a few different types of elder law forensic mental health assessments. The most common type of assessment is to determine if the person is still competent to make daily life decisions in the areas of medical, financial, and general living. During these assessments, Dr. Lombard performs a detailed clinical interview and mental status assessment, conducts psychological testing (intellectual abilities assessments and general mental health testing) and conducts third party interviews that may also include reviews of collateral documentation. Dr. Lombard then summarizes his finding into a brief report that offers a specific finding regarding the person’s specific areas of competency to care for themselves.
Competency to Contract or Modify Wills
Dr. Lombard’s forensic mental health expertise is often called up at times when older individuals are changing their Will or other contracts. Often attorneys foresee that family members may later challenge a Will or contract that was changed and created later in life. Attorneys can be prepared for those later challenges to the Will by having a competency assessment done at the time that a will or contract is signed. During these assessments, Dr. Lombard performs a detailed clinical interview and mental status assessment, conducts psychological testing (intellectual abilities assessments and general mental health testing) and conducts third party interviews that may also include reviews of collateral documentation. Dr. Lombard also goes through each element of the Will or contract and determines if the person has a factual and rational understanding of that portion of the document. Dr. Lombard then summarizes his finding into a brief report that offers a specific finding regarding the person’s competency.
Questions? Are You Ready to Schedule Your Elder Law Assessment?
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Lombard, please call our office at (260) 459-2900 or email us at [email protected]. When you call our office, we will need to know what attorney you are working with and your time frame for completing this review. Dr. Lombard looks forward to working with you.
At our office, Dr. Lombard strives to treat everybody with the respect and dignity that they have earned over their many years of living. During the evaluation Dr. Lombard will attempt to answer all questions. Dr. Lombard conducts your evaluations in a very comfortable setting. However, sometimes Dr. Lombard travels to meet our older clients in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. If you come to us, you will find that our office is much more like a living room than a traditional office. Most clients report having had a fairly comfortable day going through their evaluation in our private office setting. Dr. Lombard cannot guarantee that each person will like the results of our assessments. However, Dr. Lombard can guarantee that he will strive to make this as comfortable of a process as possible.