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Which legal documents are necessary for good estate planning?

For many, estate planning sounds complicated. While it can be complex for those who have a lot of assets and wealth, the core of estate planning is a simple concept of planning for your future. This not only ensures your wishes are fulfilled as you grow older, it eases the way for family and friends who want to carry out these wishes.

Most experts and estate planning attorneys agree that three critical legal documents are necessary for people to plan their future most effectively. When taken together as a whole, these three advance directives answer almost any critical situations that could arise when people grow older and approach the end of their lives. They include:

-- Health Care Power of Attorney: This document lets you delegate someone you trust to make health care decisions for you if you cannot make these decisions yourself. Some people may also want a durable power of attorney which contains information about financial disbursements and other instructions.-- Living Will: If you cannot make decisions on your own, this document ideally contains instructions for family and medical care providers about the kind of medical treatments you want as well as the ones you don't want. It only goes into effect under specific conditions.-- Letter of Instruction: With this document, you can provide instructions for specific things such as funeral plans or other special requests. For best results, it should contain the names and contact numbers of people to contact in the event of death or even severe illnesses. It may also contain instructions on how to distribute your possessions.

With these basic documents, you can rest assured your wishes will be fulfilled and your family will not suffer any unnecessary anxiety over your death or illness. In New Jersey, there is a number of qualified estate planning law firms to help you create these advance directives and give you peace of mind about your future.

Source: AARP, "Legal Documents You Need Now!" Sep. 15, 2014

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