Now is also a very good time to review essential estate planning documents for yourself and your family. We suggest you consider having the following in place:
- Health Care Directive: allows a loved one to make medical decisions on your behalf should you not be able to make them for yourself due to illness or incapacity.
- Living Will: allows you to make end of life decisions about the administration or withholding of life prolonging medical treatment.
- HIPAA Authorization: allows loved ones access to your protected medical information so that your medical providers can speak to them about your condition.
- Durable Power of Attorney: allows you to appoint someone to make financial decisions for you and handle your financial matters in the event that you are unable to do so due to illness or incapacity.
- Pre-Need Guardian Nomination: allows you to state your preference for a guardian of your person and/or property in the event a Court ever determines that a guardian needs to be appointed for you.
- Name Guardians for Your Children: allows you to state who you want to raise your children in the event of your incapacity or death.