The greatest gift you can give the special people in your life is to make certain your affairs are in order. Then, they can help you if you are too ill to help yourself or deal with the issues the day you die. What a grim topic to talk about during the Holiday Season. But, in fact, what a grand gift to give your family, friends and you – the “Peace of Mind” that you and your family are covered if unexpected events happen such as serious illness or death.
How can you provide that “Peace of Mind”? Set up or review your estate planning documents. At a minimum everyone needs the following documents:
a. A Health Power of Attorney to indicate who could talk to the medical professionals if you are unable to communicate.
b. A Living Will which indicates your wishes about end of life treatment you want.
c. A Financial Power of Attorney which identifies who you want to handle modest financial decisions if you are not able to take care of your money.
d. A “Last Will and Testament” or a “Revocable Trust” to set forth who you want to handle your affairs when you die and who will receive your property.
If you have no estate plan in place, go to our website (www.graham-lawoffice.com) and down load the FREE forms we have available to get you started.
Happy Holidays to you and may 2011 be a healthy and fun filled year for you!
P.S. Thank goodness starting next week the days will be getting longer, even though winter has not started, I’m ready for Spring.