Estate Planning is an under-utilized tool that can assist you with eliminating uncertainties over the administration of a probate, while maximizing the value of your estate by reducing taxes and other expenses associated with distributing your estate. This can be a complex process with several different elements including wills, healthcare proxy, and powers of attorney. Having assistance in navigating the complexities can be helpful so we at Antoinette M. Davis Law are here to help you determine what is best as well as providing the tools, and documents needed for your situation.
Durable Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney (POA) allows a designated individual, who should know and trust, to make general and/or specific health care and financial decisions on your behalf in the event that you are medically incapacitated and unable to do so due to illness, disability or incompetency. For example, a POA allows your designee to write checks, make bank transactions, apply for disability benefits, pay utility bills or sign social security checks for you while you are medically incapacitated. Having a plan and being prepared with the correct legal document can make a difference!
A Living Will is a document that specifies the types of medical treatment desired should you become incapacitated. We can draft a document from the general to the very specific ensuring your health related wishes are communicated effectively.
Last Will and Testament
Having a durable Will drafted may not be high on your list of priorities, but creating a Will is the only way to ensure that your estate will be administered as you intended. We are here to listen to your wishes and create a document that clearly communicates your directives.
A Health-Care Proxy allows you to designate another person to make health-care decisions in the event you are rendered incapable of making your wishes known. Through this directive you will bestow upon another the rights to request or refuse treatment on your behalf just as you would if you were able.