Preparing for the Worst; Do you need a Will, Durable Power of Attorney and Advanced Medical Directive.
These are difficult times for all of us. We are staying home so we do not become ill or infect others with the Corona or COVID -19 virus. Being prepared is the best way to handle difficult times and tough decisions.
No one likes to think about their becoming ill, unable to take care of their personal financial and medical issues or passing away. Who will care for your children? Who will make sure your bills get paid? Who will make your health care decisions if you cannot? Who will know your wishes and how you want to be treated medically if you cannot make these decisions? Wat if you are badly injured or ill and will recover but cannot act for yourself temporarily.
New Jersey law provides for what happens to your property if you do not have a will. You may not like the results. A will is the best way to make sure your property goes to whom you want.
Your will can provide for someone to care for and raise your children and to protect their rights to inherit your property. Your will can give a trusted family member of friend the ability to see to it that t your children are raised, supported and educated as you would want.
A Durable Power of Attorney gives some one you trust (a spouse, partner, adult child) the ability to handle your money and other property and make your financial and medical decisions for you even if you are not able to do so. They can pay your bills to keep the lights on, the food on the table and provide for your family when you are unable to do so.
An Advanced Medical Directive is a written document that tells your doctors how you want to be treated including that they should or should not do for you if you are unable to tell them yourself. It gives a person or persons you trust the ability to tell the doctors and other health care professionals what treatment you want or do not want for end of life and other purposes.
Do you want to know more? Call me.