We encourage our clients of all ages to think about having a living will, health care directive, durable power of attorney, and a will to govern if they become incapacitated or to carry out their wishes after they've passed. We also suggest various trusts for those who want to minimize the probate process. Far from being a morbid exercise, these documents give you the confidence that your wishes will be carried out as you desire.
A living will expresses your wishes in no uncertain terms when you're unable to speak for yourself during an illness. You can stipulate whether or not to be resuscitated, who is to act as your representative in this decision, and includes the relevant language for hospitals and your doctor.
A will is a vastly more flexible and personalized document. You can specify your funeral arrangements, how your property and assets should be disbursed, and what happens to anything you haven't mentioned. You can also name your executor, or the person who will be in charge of following your wishes.
If you're looking for advice on your estate planning and the writing of your will, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of James T. Maye at 203-939-1380. We're here to help.