There are a vast array of estate issues that people come across, whether they are having trouble naming beneficiaries or deciding which type of trust will be the most sensible. However, there are other estate matters you may have encountered, some of which may affect you while you are alive. For example, you may decide to set up a living will. Our attorneys are well aware of how beneficial it can be for people to resolve these issues appropriately, which may protect assets and also grant peace of mind. Moreover, there are other matters you may want to look into, such as a health care power of attorney.
John L. died of cancer at age 57. Luckily for his 51 year-old wife Erika, they had prepared in advance. They had put together a customized estate plan to give Erika the authority she needed to use their money and property while probate was still pending.
Assigning someone the responsibility of making medical and/or financial decisions on your behalf is not a decision to be made lightly. These are very important obligations that put a person in a position of considerable power, so it is critical that you take seriously the process of giving someone power of attorney.