To protect yourself and your family from serious legal complications that may arise in the absence of written directives, and to ensure your decisions regarding your person and property are implemented if you are temporarily or permanently unable to make them, I recommend the following seven legal documents:
- Durable Power of Attorney – A document designating someone of your choosing to manage your property and contractual rights if you are unable to do so;
- Designation of Health Care Surrogate – A document designating someone of your choosing to make health care decisions for you in accordance with your wishes;
- Designation of a Pre-Need Guardian – A document designating someone of your choosing to be your guardian should the Court insist upon appointing a guardian for you;
- Living Will – A document expressing your end-of-life wishes and directives;
- Last Will & Testament – A document identifying someone of your choosing to manage your estate; it also identifies who shall inherit your estate and terms regarding their inheritance;
- HIPAA Release – A document naming individuals whom you wish to receive your private health care information;
- Revocable Living Trust – A document used to avoid probate of your estate that identifies someone of your choosing to manage your property under Trust and identifies who shall inherit your property and terms regarding their inheritance.
If you would like more information about executing these documents, or if anything has changed with your situation and you need to make any adjustments to your current documents, contact us for more information or make an appointment with one of our attorneys by calling 1-800-ELDERLAW or (561) 750-3850.