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Although you can’t prevent calamities, sickness, or death, you have a chance to be proactive and plan for what happens during these times.
Durable Power of Attorney
A Durable Power of Attorney ensures that you have a trusted advocate named who can handle your affairs and obligations for you, and ensures that this conveyance of authority will be upheld in the event you become incapacitated or are otherwise unable to advocate for yourself.
If you've ever been to the emergency room, had surgery, or even been to certain doctor's offices, you have been asked if you have a Living Will. These documents declare your wishes as to what treatment you would or would not want in the event that certain treatment must be considered. This includes whether you would want certain life-saving or life-sustaining treatment. This also give you the opportunity to name someone you trust to carry out your wishes for you and to make significant decisions for you.
Last Will and Testament
When we pass away, our loved ones are left to handle our matters, including financial, personal, and burial matters. Death is inevitable, and losing a loved one is stressful enough. We do a disservice to our loved ones if we do not plan for the inevitable. When a person passes away without a proper will, they are taking a chance that their estate will be handled the way they would have wanted it to be.
Can you imagine leaving your loved ones with additional unnecessary expenses, responsibilities, and stress, all while they are mourning your loss? Even without family or loved ones to leave your estate to, you have a chance to dictate how you would want your estate handled, such as donating to a certain charity. A properly executed will also allows parents of minor children to declare their wishes as to who would care for their children in the event of the parents’ death.
There are so many situations and so many options. Your situation is unique. You should ensure that you have a proper estate plan that is uniquely tailored to your estate planning needs.
Call Christi today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your
Estate Planning needs for your unique situation.
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail."
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