In the event you lose the ability to make health care decisions for yourself, how do you make sure your wishes are known and honored? Through advance directives, you can outline the types of medical treatments you do and do not want. Advance directives include health care powers of attorney and living wills, which allow you to state your wishes for end-of-life care.
While advance directives are used to communicate your wishes, it’s important to also discuss them with your family and loved ones. Consulting your doctor or attorney is helpful in understanding the terms and legal limits of advance directives. The advance directive lawyers at Dozier Miller are available to counsel you on all aspects of these directives, from drafting the legal documents to advising you on the legality of requests and restrictions you include in them.
If you haven’t expressed your wishes for the distribution of your property ahead of time, the state courts will be in charge of determining how to split up your estate. By creating a will, you can make the process smoother for your loved ones and give yourself peace of mind that your wishes are carried out.
While a will is a good estate planning tool, and probably the one the general public is most familiar with, it may not necessarily be the best option for you. Depending on your situation, a trust may be a better fit for your goals.
Death and taxes are often said to be the two great certainties in the world, but they’re also two things we least like to think about. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to shelter your family and loved ones from stressful tax issues upon your passing.
A health care power of attorney allows you to select an “agent” to make decisions about your health care if you can no longer speak for yourself. Your agent should be someone you trust with making important, sometimes life-or-death, decisions for you.
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