When it Comes to Estate Planning, Carefully Choose Who Will Make Important Decisions in Your Will – Part 2

Assigning people to fulfill your wishes for your personal property and medical decisions can get tricky if you’re unsure of who to put in charge. Our estate planning lawyers in McAllen suggest that you consider someone who has your best interests in mind. Learn about these extra roles you can assign to people to make decisions for you.

Advance Directives

Advance directives are written documents that help you express how you would like to be handled by doctors when you can no longer communicate those desires yourself. Advance Directives also:

  • Include orders such as the Out-of-Hospital and Do-Not-Resuscitate order.
  • Remain in effect until you revoke or change them.

Medical Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney documents (POA’s), are classified as Advanced Directives but are not used only for medical purposes. You can assign people the POA role to give them power in aspects of your business, property, and financial affairs. This role allows:

  • A Medical POA makes decisions on your behalf when you are no longer physically able to.
  • The power to be revoked at any time, orally or written, regardless of your mental state.

Durable Power of Attorney

Assigning someone the Durable POA role allows them to make decisions concerning your property or financial affairs. You would fill out a document explaining what the person is in charge of and how long they remain in control. This POA role will not end unless you specify how long they get to keep this role.

Get Advise on Picking an Agent

Get expert advice from our Attorneys in McAllen to help you get your affairs in order.  For more information on estate planning, contact Fryer & Hansen for your free consultation into the world of estate planning.

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