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preparing for a health crisis

Preparing for a Health Crisis?

Some people think that, because their assets are jointly owned with a spouse or are in a trust, they do not need a Power of Attorney, or that if they become incapacitated, their spouse automatically has the authority to make medical decisions on their behalf.

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Covid-19 Vaccine

Herd How to Get Your Vaccine for Covid-19?

To make sure you have your own decision-makers prepared to speak for your medical decisions if you can’t, because you didn’t get your vaccine for Covid-19, or some other tragedy, please see an estate planning attorney and get your living will and advanced directive in place. 

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Health Care Documents

C19 UPDATE: Do Your Health Care Documents Now

In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to have your legal, financial and medical ducks in a row. Sadly, when serious illness strikes it is usually quite rapid and often unexpected. In these times, however, we do have forewarning that we are all at risk of contracting COVID-19, the coronavirus.

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natural end

A Natural End of Life

You know that you can always refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. The tricky part comes when you are no longer able to understand your options or communicate your wishes to the health care professionals.

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planning for digital assets

Sharing Legal Documents and Passwords

Safe and shareable password storage is vital in today’s computerized world. The old solution–writing down passwords on paper set next to your keyboard–is not safe, not adequate, and not shareable.

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Health Care Documents

Why A Health Care Power of Attorney Makes Sense

If someone has lost capacity to execute legal documents and has no power of attorney in place or has a power of attorney that is no longer usable (for example, if the named agents are deceased), a guardianship proceeding may be the only recourse.

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Basic estate planning tools

Four Basic Estate Planning Tools

It was reported on the news recently that some of Aretha Franklin’s family members have found what they believe to be her will. It was handwritten, stained, and crumpled up in a couch. The courts may or may not choose to honor it, depending on whether or not they are able to verify its authenticity.

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