Advance Directives

Stranger Things from Beyond the Courthouse

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Recent surveys from Caring.com show that only 42% of U.S. adults have estate planning documents. The following cases could have been easily avoided with those documents in place.

(All names in the following case examples have been changed.)

Elizabeth Always Had a Plan

Elizabeth’s son, Steve, came to us in when his mother was becoming forgetful. She had ...

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Coping with an Unexpected Death in Your Home

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Death often comes without warning. Returning home to find that a loved one has passed away unexpectedly can be traumatizing and leave you in a state of shock and disbelief. Your ability to think clearly is compromised as stress levels rise, and stress affects your ability to make quick decisions. Confusion sets in. You panic. What should you do? Who should you call first?

While it may seem unusual, our firm has received calls from distraught and bewildered clients seeking guidance ...

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My Wishes, My Way – Steps to Ensure Your Advance Directives Are Honored

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It happens too often. A health care emergency occurs; panic ensues, and the patient’s end-of-life wishes take a back seat to established protocols to extend life. Failing to honor a patient’s advance directives can increase the individual’s discomfort and prolong the dying process – the opposite of what the patient wanted.

As professional advisors, we understand how strongly our clients want their advance directives to be honored. That’s why we remind individuals of all ages – from young adults age 18 ...

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National Healthcare Decisions Day – A Platform to Have the Conversation

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Founded in 2008, National HealthCare Decisions Day (NHDD) is the day set aside to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.

Did you know that tomorrow is April 16th — National Healthcare Decisions Day?  Those of us who offer legal counsel, advisory services, or healthcare related services are particularly mindful of the day’s significance.  Founded in 2008, National HealthCare Decisions Day (NHDD) is the day set aside to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers ...

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Son Discovers Mother’s Estate Plan in Storage Unit after Spending Nearly $24,000 in Guardianship Fees

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Developing an estate plan is perhaps one of the noblest actions you will take to ensure the efficient transfer of your assets to future generations in a manner that affirms your values and wishes. In addition to helping your heirs avoid probate and minimize family chaos after your death, a properly drafted estate plan also prevents court control of your assets should you become mentally or physically incapacitated.

But what happens if you become incapacitated, are in need of a family ...

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Advance Directives and Your Legal Authority For Missing Family Members – What Do You Do?

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Acting as a Successor Trustee – Advance Directives and How They Affect You  

The news is full of speculation as to the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  The March 8, 2014 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared.  No trace of the plane – or its 239 passengers and crew – has been found yet.

If your Aunt Miniver were on MH370, what documents would give you the legal authority to transact her affairs while she is missing?  Additionally, if she was ...

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Hey, what about a Living Will?

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Recently, I watched the season premiere of “Brothers and Sisters.” It was packed with legal issues, pertinent to the type law I practice. You know the show, the strong matriarch, Sally Fields, at the head of the whiny family known as the Walkers. It takes place one year after the horrible automobile accident that occurred at the cliffhanger last May.

Last season left us with a multiple car pileup on the expressway in California. Brother Justin, who conveniently has paramedic training from the ...

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