Powers of Attorney
Your will determines what happens with your estate when you die. However, what happens if you become incapacitated due to accident, stroke, dementia or other illness? If you have not prepared for such eventualities, it may be necessary for your family to make an expensive application to court to be able to manage your estate or determine who can give medical instructions on your behalf to your doctors or caregivers. In order to avoid these problems, and to make arrangements for possible incapacity, you can have a Power of Attorney for Property prepared, to allow a family member, friend or other trusted person to manage your property and pay your bills. For health care matters, you can have a Power of Attorney for Personal Care prepared, to allow someone to give direction and consent on your behalf to your doctors and other caregivers, and to specify the type of care you want. These documents are an important part of your estate plan.