It is important to prepare for the time when you may be unable to care for your own needs due to an accident or illness. This means you need to have someone you trust making decisions on your behalf. Who will pay your bills if you are unable to do so? Do you want to ensure your family knows your wishes for your ongoing medical care and your end of life care? These questions and more can be addressed in a series of legal documents. We can help with drafting:
- Trust Agreements – trusts serve numerous purposes; not only can they minimize the impact of the probate process, they also provide a legal vehicle for distributing your assets after your death or provide for a family member who has special needs.
- Powers of Attorney – when you are unable to make medical decisions on your own or unable to handle your finances, powers of attorney can ensure a person you trust is handling these matters on your behalf. Powers of attorney are drafted so a triggering event, such as incapacity, allows your named designee act.
- Last Will and Testament – to ensure your assets are distributed in accordance with your final wishes, a will is necessary. These are the most common estate planning tool but one which does require attention to detail.
If you are considering the future or facing a medical crisis, it may be time to consider basic estate planning documents. Remember, we are here to help you plan for life, not death. Call NoVA Senior Law at 540-535-6706, we serve residents of Northern Virginia, covering Leesburg, Winchester and Shenandoah Valley.