Free will & medical power of attorney templates
As the Coronavirus impacted more families in the United States, we heard from many people wondering how to protect their elderly family members. While we are unfortunately unable to provide assurances about care and safety from COVID-19, we can offer help in other important areas to ensure your family and loved ones are protected regardless of what happens.
We're sharing two templates for 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.
Now that the vaccine is available, we hope this outcome continues to lesson for everyone. However, we continue to offer these two templates free of charge as a tiny way to provide support in these difficult times.
Free Medical Power Of Attorney Template
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 Template
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 linked below, the 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 in an affordable way. Our expert team is here to help, so feel free to schedule a consultation with any questions you may have.