At some point in life, you might not be able to make decisions for yourself due to a medical condition, and when this time comes, you should be prepared. To ensure you remain part of the decision-making process concerning your life and that the preferences for your ongoing care are respected, you'll need to have the right legal documents in place. Read here how to help you and your loved ones make these important decisions on your behalf, which you may be unable to make later in the future.
We are always at risk of becoming incapacitated or deceased — even when there is not the coronavirus seemingly taking over the world by infecting and killing thousands of people. While now is a good time to ensure your estate planning documents in place and up-to-date, I should note that it is always a good time to make sure this important task is completed to ensure that your wishes are honored in the event of your incapacity and that your kids and loved ones are protected.
Being left in the hands of unscrupulous guardians appointed by the court can be the most frightening aspect for you in the event you become incapacitated, given that you may have a loving and caring family members, but are unable to take care of you. Putting up a plan in place that clearly states all your wishes and consent prevents such from happening and ensures that the individual of your choice can make legal decisions on your behalf according to how you wanted them to be.
Not having proper planning vehicles in place leaves not just you but also your senior loved ones vulnerable to exploitation and court-ordered guardianship should they become incapacitated caused by illness or injury. With no government agency tasked with preventing abuse by professional guardians, it’s up to you to protect yourself and your loved ones through proactive estate planning. Read here to know more.
Putting a proper Estate Plan in place gives you confidence and peace of mind that your assets will be protected and that your loved ones will be provided and cared for no matter what happens to you. Without one, your heirs could face huge tax burdens, hefty attorney fees, or worse, the courts could designate how your assets are divided and even who gets to raise your children.
A will is an integral part of your estate plan, but it is not enough to protect your wishes in the event of incapacity or death. There’s a common saying among lawyers: “Where there’s a will, there’s a probate.” But having your family end up in court or conflict is no laughing matter. That's why it is important to complete a comprehensive estate plan in addition to the will, including a trust (if needed), advanced health care directive, financial power of attorney, and Kids Protection Plan®.
Each of us is at constant risk of experiencing a devastating accident or disease that may leave us incapable of caring for ourselves & our loved ones. Temporary or not, such may render emotional trauma, or worse, financial loss. This is why incapacity planning is significant to ensure someone can take charge of your legal decisions in case you are incapacitated to keep your family out of court & out of conflict. Consult with an experienced lawyer like us to guide you in this decision making.