Incapacity Could Happen To Anyone

Incapacity is a possibility that could happen to anyone. Medical advancements may allow people to live longer, but certain age-related illnesses such as dementia appear to be on the rise.

Age-related illnesses are not the only threat to your ability to communicate your wishes to family members and doctors. An accident could lead to the same fate. The point is that you never know when you may become incapacitated. Fortunately, you can make arrangements for this eventuality through estate planning.

You Can Make These Decisions Ahead Of Time

During the estate-planning process, you can execute the following documents that take effect only if you become incapacitated:

  • A durable power of attorney, which allows someone you trust to make financial decisions on your behalf. You may give your agent as much or as little authority as you choose.
  • A health care power of attorney, which allows someone you trust to make medical decisions for you.
  • A living will, also known as an advanced directive, which establishes your intentions regarding the use of life support measures to sustain your life.

With these documents in place, you let those you love know what you want to happen and whom you want to carry out your wishes. You may need an attorney to help you draft these documents in order to make sure that your family honors your wishes and your agents have the authority to act when needed.

Without these documents, your family may have to go through the time and expense of obtaining a guardianship in order to step in on your behalf. The litigation could become contentious if your family members disagree on who should assume this crucial role. Moreover, they will need to guess what end-of-life measures you would and would not want.

Why Choose McCurrie McCurrie & McCurrie, L.L.C.?

When you come to our law firm, you can rest assured that your concerns are in the hands of experienced, knowledgeable lawyers. We take the time to answer all of your questions and make sure that you understand all of your options. You may begin with a free initial consultation by completing our online contact form or by calling 201-467-4180 today.