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Barbara Hayes Buell Offers Advice to Families in AARP Publication

Talking about issues early and often can keep problems at bay when it comes to planning for an elder parent's care. That was the theme of an article titled, “Caregivers Share How They Deal With Sibling Rivalry,” that appeared in a recent AARP publication. Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo managing partner Barbara Hayes Buell was quoted extensively in this timely piece.

“It is the rare person who moves themselves into a nursing home,” Barbara said, adding that most often children make these heart-wrenching decisions. So, keeping open channels of communication is essential, she said. Besides trying to achieve a consensus in planning, Barbara noted that other critical factors caregivers must consider are emotional, financial, healthcare, and legal issues, especially a knowledge of a healthcare proxy.

Barbara is one of the foremost healthcare lawyers in the Commonwealth. She represents doctors, nurses, hospitals, dentists, social workers, and other healthcare providers on credentialing, contracting, licensing, HIPAA, professional negligence, residency programs, and numerous other legal matters. To support her interest in health law, Barbara earned a Masters of Public Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health. She is also a frequent lecturer on healthcare topics and recently delivered the alumni address at the Boston University School of Public Health commencement.

In addition to an extensive healthcare practice that Barbara directs, Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo attorneys regularly handle such legal issues as durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills as well as trusts and estates.

The complete AARP article is available here.