Free Will Template And Medical Power Of Attorney
As the Coronavirus impacts more families in the United States, we are hearing from many people wondering how to protect their elderly family members. We wish deeply that we could provide medical care and assurances of safety in this scary time.
What we can offer are two legal documents that will allow you to make medical decisions on behalf of your loved one if needed and ensure that their assets are protected if the worst occurs.
We are offering these free of charge as a tiny way to provide support in these difficult times.
Free Medical Power Of Attorney
This document grants power to someone else to make medical decisions for you when you cannot make them yourself. If you are in any way incapacitated, the Medical Power Of Attorney grants full legal rights for your chosen “agent” to direct your care.
How does this differ from a “living will”? A living will is a document that states your wishes for care under the described circumstances. However, unless the exact circumstances are described in the living will, the document is not likely to have any authority. Most hospitals and physicians simply ignore living wills.
Once presented, the Medical Power of Attorney will authorize the agent to make all decisions, and the hospital and doctors are bound by law to take the agent’s instructions as if they were your own. You should make sure you discuss with your agent your wishes in general and specifically how you would want to receive or not receive any medical care.
Free Last Will And Testament
The Last Will and Testament accomplishes 3 key things.
- It names the person you want to be in charge of your estate
- It specifies who inherits what assets, and
- It specifies who should become guardian if any minor children exist.
A will does not bypass probate, as the will must be proven valid in court, and the court must provide an order allowing for the assets to be transferred to the lawful heirs.
These two documents, Medical Power of Attorney and a Last Will And Testament, are the minimum estate planning documents every person should have. Note however that neither helps avoid probate. If you are interested in having assets transferred with little or no court involvement, you will need to have a more advanced estate plan.
Please contact us with any questions or to learn more about our EZ-Estate Plan and how you can avoid probate for your loved ones.