If a person becomes mentally or physically handicapped and can no longer make rational decisions about their person or their finances, his or her loved ones may consider a guardianship or a conservatorship court proceeding. In a guardianship an individual known as a guardian is court appointed to … [Read more...] about Guardianships & Conservatorships and How to Avoid Them
Health Care Directives
While the main objective of estate planning is to help individuals protect their assets and provide for loved ones, there are other important considerations, such as planning for incapacity. In short, it is crucial to plan for the type of medical care people wish to receive if a serious accident or … [Read more...] about A Primer on Advance Medical Directives
Estate planning is important for everyone. We simply don’t know when something tragic could happen such as sudden death or an accident that could leave us incapacitated. With proper planning, families who are dealing with the unexpected experience fewer headaches and less expense associated with … [Read more...] about Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
If tomorrow your college student was involved in an unforeseen emergency, do you have the correct legal documents in place which would allow you to communicate with doctors or financial institutions on his or her behalf? For many parents, “estate planning” is not a term which seems to apply to … [Read more...] about Will Privacy Laws Stop You From Helping Your College Student In An Emergency?
Many people are confused by these important estate planning documents. It’s important to understand the functions of each and ensure you are fully protected by incorporating both of these documents into your overall estate plan. A “living will,” is a legal document setting forth your wishes for … [Read more...] about A Living Will or Health Care Power of Attorney? How about a Health Care Directive?
Healthcare directives can be vitally important, as recent cases, like that of Terry Schiavo, clearly brought to light. These important documents can mean the difference between your health care wishes being carried out or family members fighting over whether a loved one should be placed in a nursing … [Read more...] about You’ve Finally Done Your Healthcare Directives – Now What?
The “ostrich syndrome” is part of human nature; it’s unpleasant to observe that which frightens us. However, pulling our heads from the sand and making preparations for frightening possibilities can provide significant emotional and psychological relief from fear. When it comes to Alzheimer’s … [Read more...] about Advance Planning Can Help Relieve the Worries of Alzheimer’s Disease
Many people are confused by advance directives for health care. They are unsure what type of directives are available, and whether or not they need need directives at all, especially if they are young. There are several types of advance directives. One is a living will, which communicates what type … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need Advance Directives for Health Care?
“I just need a simple will.” It’s a phrase estate planning attorneys hear practically every other day. From the client’s perspective, there’s no reason to do anything complicated, especially if it might lead to higher legal fees. Unfortunately, what may appear to be a “simple” estate is all too … [Read more...] about Beware of “Simple” Estate Plans