What you CAN do during COVID-19: Have a Plan
HAVE A PLAN:
While we stay at home binge watching the latest Netflix series and making plans to clean behind the fridge that we have probably been putting off for far too long, we can use this time to review existing estate planning documents or have them done!
Some documents that can be invaluable during this time are Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives and Personal Care Plans. Powers of Attorney allow someone you appoint as your agent to act at your direction or make decisions for you when you can no longer make them for yourself. Medical Directives appoint a patient advocate to make medical decisions for you when you can no longer make them for yourself. Without these documents in place, a petition must be filed with the probate court to appoint someone to act on your behalf and make decisions for you. Having an attorney properly draft these documents before an emergency allows YOU to select your agents and advocates and give them instructions on what to do. If you would like more information on powers of attorney feel free to contact us or see our previous blog post.
A Personal Care plan is an instruction manual for you. Personal Care Plans lay out very detailed provisions on what foods you like and don’t like, who your friends are, how you celebrate holidays, what upsets you, hobbies, as well as everyday things like the tooth paste you prefer. This tool allows those who care for you to make life as normal as possible under the circumstances.
Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives and Personal Care plans are useful tools to have in day to day life as well as in the case of an emergency. Talk to an Estate Planning attorney to create custom documents to fit your needs.
Information in this blog post is not legal advice but general information. Contact an estate planning attorney to implement a plan for you.