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Why Every Adult Must Have a Health Care Directive

As an estate planning and family law attorney I cannot urge people enough to make sure their wishes are documented and, more importantly, their families are protected and prepared. A valid Health Care Directive is a critically important document that is so easy to get. It can truly make a world of difference for your family during what is an already difficult time.

A Health Care Directive will provide your family with peace of mind, knowledge of your wishes, medical directives, information, and avoid potential fights or the need for court proceedings.

Without a Health Care Directive your family could find themselves struggling to get information on your condition and fighting over who speaks on your behalf, as well as the uncertainty that comes with the potential of having to make medical decisions on your behalf.

Contrary to popular belief, a Health Care Directive is not just for the old and sick – ALL adults should have a one. In fact I encourage all parents to make sure their children have a valid Health Care Directive as soon as they turn 18.

Because I so strongly believe in the importance of Health Care Directives I wrote a book, Why Every Adult Must Have A Health Care Directive. In my book, I explain what a Health Care Directive is, why it is important for all adults to have one, and the 8 simple steps to take for complete Advance Care Planning. I have also included a free Minnesota Health Care Directive form in the book (which is also available online at www.lewisklaw.com/mnhcd).

Why Every Adult Must Have A Health Care Directive is available for purchase at Amazon.com and as an ebook through Kindle. You can also request a free copy of the book right here on our website.  If you don’t have a Health Care Directive ask yourself “what’s stopping you?”  April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day – now is the perfect time to complete your health care directive?

How to Find a Lawyer

Once you have decided you need a lawyer, the next question is how do you find a lawyer? There are many different ways to find a lawyer, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most common ways to find a lawyer: Referrals from Friends and Family By asking friends andContinue Reading

I just want a cheap and easy divorce!

A common theme among many going through a divorce is the desire to have a “nice” divorce in the most cost-effective way possible. There are many different opinions on how to accomplish this. Today I will explain five options and give some pros/cons for each. I will start off with two general caveats. First ofContinue Reading

Do Your Family A Favor

The best thing you can ever give someone you love is peace of mind.  Stress and uncertainty can take a toll on all of us, the comfort and reassurance that comes from a well thought out plan can go a long way of relieving the burden. Update Your Will.  Hire an attorney who will reallyContinue Reading

Undestanding the difference between the emotional divorce and the legal divorce

In the divorce seminars I teach and in my initial consultations with clients, I often talk about the difference between the emotional divorce and the legal divorce. I am an attorney, it is my job to help with the legal divorce; to help my clients get through the court process and settle issues related toContinue Reading

Planning Advice For Single Adults Without Children In Minnesota

For many adults in Minnesota, the thought of estate planning conjures up visions of grandma and grandpa putting together a will or a trust to pass down their home or cherished heirlooms to family members. It’s all about providing for our offspring, right? Not necessarily. Even if you are single and/or have no children, sittingContinue Reading

Understanding Legal Fees

One of the most important things to understand when working with a lawyer (and one of the major deterrents in hiring a lawyer) is legal fees. Before hiring a lawyer it is important to understand the fee structure that is used, how much money is required upfront (also known as the retainer), what is coveredContinue Reading

Warning: What You Say on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace May Come Back to Haunt You

As social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace gain in popularity, attorneys are dealing with issues regarding the use, or misuse, of these sites. Employers are using these sites to check up on employees, litigants are using these sites to uncover dirt on opposing sides and witnesses, and in family law cases, partiesContinue Reading

Preparing for Divorce: The First Steps

Divorce can be difficult, but you don’t need to be unprepared. Being prepared can help you handle the emotions, understand the legal process, and get through the divorce as stress-free as possible. Below are some steps to take towards a “nice” divorce: Find a Support Network Divorce can be a very challenging and emotional time.Continue Reading

Who Needs a Will?

While not everyone needs a will, most people could benefit from a will. You could use a will if: You would not want your property divided according to your state’s intestacy laws You would want to leave something to a person not recognized by your state’s intestacy laws (a non-marital partner, a stepchild, a bestContinue Reading

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