Life Planning Documents Attorneys
Helping Clients Establish Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney & More
There are many different types of legal documents that can help you plan
how your affairs will be handled in the future. Many of these documents
have names that sound alike, so make sure you are getting the documents you want.
It is important to note that state laws differ on the requirements for
validity of many of these documents. In most cases, if these documents
are invalid, they are not even worth the paper on which they are written.
Thus, it is important to consult a life planning documents attorney like
ours from Castro & Co., who will be able to provide you with valid,
enforceable documents that will achieve your planning goals.
If you need help establishing important documents concerning your estate
or end-of-life treatment,
contact us online or call
(833) 227-8761 for help.
Important Documents for Your Estate Plan
There are many important documents that can direct how your health and
property will be treated when you are no longer able or around to direct
Wills and Trusts, which let you name the person you want your money and property to go
to after you die.
Advance Directives, which let you make arrangements for your care if you become sick.
Two common types of advance directives are:
A Living Will, which gives you a say in your health care if you become too sick to make
your wishes known. In a living will, you can state what kind of care you
do or do not want. This can make it easier for family members to make
tough healthcare decisions for you.
A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (also known as a
Medical Power of Attorney) allows you to name the person you want to make medical decisions for
you if you cannot make them for yourself.
A necessary corollary to the Medical Power of Attorney is a
HIPAA Authorization. The HIPAA Authorization allows anyone named to make medical decisions
for you to get information from the doctors about your condition to be
able to make informed medical decisions on your behalf.
Additionally, many states recognize a
Declaration of Guardian. A Declaration of Guardian is somewhat different from the other documents
discussed as it does not have any legal effect without the involvement
of a court. Only a court may grant a guardianship because of the level
of rights lost by the person subject to the guardianship. However, the
Declaration of Guardian form provides an opportunity for you to communicate
who you believe would be the best choice as a guardian for you if you
ever need one. Also, the Declaration of Guardian form can be used to note
any individuals that may not be qualified to serve as guardian.