More and more, Americans are choosing to be cared for and are dying in their own homes. If you wish to be cared for and die in your own home, it’s especially important to have a plan in place to facilitate that choice. Read this piece by my friend and colleague Steve Hartnett, an estate planning expert, to learn more. How Will You Age in Place and Be Able to Die at Home? … [Read more...] about How Will You Age in Place and Be Able to Die at Home?
The holidays are a special time with family and friends. You can take the opportunity to check on elderly loved ones. It’s also a great time to discuss planning. Read this piece by my friend and colleague Steve Hartnett, an estate planning expert, to learn more. Getting Together with Family for the Holidays … [Read more...] about Getting Together with Family for the Holidays
States have historically allowed people to execute “Do Not Resuscitate” orders that, as the name implies, order physicians not to perform any procedures to resuscitate the individual if he or she is not breathing or has gone into cardiac arrest. Oregon, along with a number of other states, goes one step further -- and seniors appear to like the move. California has authorized a two-page form called a “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”, or POLST for short, that allows an individual … [Read more...] about Being in Control At The End of Your Life
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?
If you’re like most people, you’ve heard the term, “living will,” but have some questions about it. What is a living will? Why do I need one? Is it the same as a will? What’s it all matter anyway? In general, the term "living will" refers to a document in which a person can set forth his or her wishes relating to future medical care, in particular, end-of-life care. It is different than a Last Will and Testament wherein you set forth your instructions for your estate following your death. … [Read more...] about What’s a Living Will?