Sam Huff is best known for his days as an NFL linebacker for the Washington Redskins. The hard-hitting defensive player was great enough to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His playing days, however, are well past him.
Now, he suffers from dementia and needs help taking care of himself on a daily basis.
The Washington Post reported on an unusual aspect in Huff's case in "Sam Huff needs help making life decisions; there is a fight over who should do it."
Huff had been living at home with a woman who describes herself as his life-partner, Carolyn Holder. His daughter, Catherine Huff, picked him up to take him to a dentist appointment in March, but she never returned him to his home. Instead, she took Huff home with her and has been taking care of him there.
Now the daughter and the partner are at odds and both want to have responsibility for him. They have both asked the court for guardianship.
For his part, Huff did sign a power of attorney in 2011 that gave authority to the daughter. An initial advanced medical directive gave authority over medical decisions to the partner, but that was later changed to give the authority to the daughter.
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this case is that no one appears to be trying to change Huff's estate plan in their favor and neither side is accusing the other of trying to do so. That is all too often the case, in Cincinnati and elsewhere, when people fight over who should care for an elderly loved one, but in this case it appears that both sides would just like to take care of Huff.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your estate plans or when probating an estate or administering a trust, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage a Cincinnati estate planning attorney.
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Reference: Washington Post (Sept. 2, 2016) "Sam Huff needs help making life decisions; there is a fight over who should do it."