While almost anyone can create and use a power of attorney, not everyone needs to grant an agent to handle their affairs. However, you can always create a power of attorney that will take effect in the event it is needed. If you are a person in any of the following categories, you should talk to your estate planning attorney to create a power of attorney. Seniors. Aging often requires us to give others the ability to help us manage your affairs. Your estate plan should includedifferent … [Read more...] about Who Needs A Power of Attorney?
Organ Donation Authorization
If you’re considering including incapacity planning in your estate plan (and you definitely should be), it’s important that you understand the use of the different available legal documents. A comprehensive estate plan will allow you to have the best plan in place so that your needs are always met. Did you know…? An advance health care directive is a document that allows you to spell out your wishes regarding end of life treatments and procedures. Many people use their advance health … [Read more...] about Incapacity Planning: Medical Issues
Advance health care directives are the medical portion of a California estate plan. They typically include the designation of a health care agent, a statement of wishes concerning end of life care (commonly called a living will), instructions concerning organ donation and provisions for the disposition of remains. You can also add any other medical instructions you so desire. In other states, such documents are called durable powers of attorney for health care and directives to physicians, … [Read more...] about What is a California Advance Health Care Directives?
Though the names may be very similar, a living will and a living trust are not the same, nor do they serve the same purpose. A living trust is a type of trust that holds and manages your assets while you are still alive, then distributes those assets to your beneficiaries upon your death. A living will, on the other hand, is a term commonly used to describe a legal document that provides your instructions regarding the course of medical treatment you want followed if you become unable to … [Read more...] about Is a Living Will the Same as a Living Trust?
Question 1: What is the difference between an attorney at law and a power of attorney? An attorney at law is a person who is legally allowed to practice law, while a power of attorney is a legal document that any competent adult can create. Through a power of attorney you can select someone else, commonly referred to as an agent or attorney in fact, to have the legal authority to act on your behalf in a variety of capacities. If you hire an attorney at law, this person can represent your … [Read more...] about Attorneys at Law and Powers of Attorney – 3 Questions
Element 1: Health care power of attorney. A California Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is the California version of a document also known as a health care power of attorney, will let you choose someone who can be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf should you ever become unconscious or otherwise incapacitated. While you can choose whomever you wish, that person should always be a capable adult who can be easily reached by your health care providers in case of an … [Read more...] about California Advance Health Care Directive – 5 Important Elements