Estate Planning | Prepared in Advance
Anyone interested in anticipating and addressing future potential problems may be interested in “advance directives.” These legal documents help people deal with possible future incapacity by making their wishes known when they are no longer able to express them themselves. Included are the living will, which states a person’s desires concerning future medical care by specifying what procedures he or she wants or does not want; the health care proxy (also called the durable power of attorney for health care), which allows a person to designate an agent in advance to make decisions on the person’s behalf should he or she later become incapacitated; and power of attorney, which is an advance directive primarily used in financial planning.
Advance directives are powerful legal tools to ensure that your wishes are carried out. If you would like to talk to a lawyer about writing a living will or choosing a health care proxy, please call our office. Our lawyers have years of experience dealing with all aspects of this delicate area of law. In addition to wills, we also take cases that pertain to corporate law, bankruptcy issues, and probate issues.
HINT: Advance directives should be filled out while people are healthy in order to enable them to think about their wishes without being rushed as well as to consult with their families.