Estate Planning

How to Override a Power of Attorney

Can You Override a Power of Attorney?

Medical and financial powers of attorney (POA) are incredibly powerful and versatile documents. They provide the POA holder, or agent, with the ability to make life-or-death decisions on behalf of the person who executed the POA. However, these powers aren’t without limits, and there are several situations in which someone can override a power of…

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Your Guide to Declaring a Guardian for Your Kids in Case You Die

Your Guide to Declaring a Guardian for Your Kids in Case You Die

If you are a parent with minor children, one of the most important aspects of your estate plan will be your chosen guardian for your children. This decision is not one to make lightly, and you also need to ensure it is legally set up so that the chosen person gets custody of your children…

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8 Things You Need to Get Ready Before You Write Your Will

8 Things You Need to Get Ready Before You Write Your Will

The estate planning process allows you to decide what will happen to your assets once you are gone. You may also plan for how to manage your debts and other obligations. If you have children, you can designate someone to serve as their guardian and manage their assets. These may seem like daunting tasks. It…

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Can I use a will or trust for my disabled child?

Can I Use a Will or Trust for My Disabled Child?

If you have a disabled child, it is only natural to be concerned about the child’s future needs. Fortunately, it is possible to use a will and/or trust to provide for your disabled child in the event of your death. The Importance of Estate Planning Estate planning is an essential consideration for any family, but…

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What Does it Mean to be a Ward of the State

What Does it Mean to be a Ward of the State

When an adult is unable to care for themselves due to disability or disease, someone else has to manage their affairs. This is often accomplished by appointing a guardian. When no family member is available to become the guardian, the adult who needs care may become a ward of the state. What is a Ward…

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Understanding Guardianship for Young Adults with Disabilities

Understanding Guardianship for Young Adults with Disabilities

As a parent, friend, or family member of a young adult with a disability, you are intimately aware of your loved one’s capabilities and limitations. This person may require assistance in making important decisions that impact their quality of life, health, education, or financial wellbeing, among others. While acting as an informal advisor provides some…

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What is Permanent Guardianship of a Child?

What is Permanent Guardianship of a Child?

When you obtain permanent guardianship of a child, you are requesting the creation of a permanent legal relationship between you, as the guardian, and the child. There are many U.S. courts that will allow permanent guardianship through the court process if it is deemed in the best interest of the child.  Once granted permanent guardianship, the…

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Which is Better? Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

Which is Better, Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

When you have a loved one who needs assistance making financial or medical decisions, you may find yourself wondering whether it is better to obtain a power of attorney or to seek a guardianship to help assist them with these matters. Which one will provide you with the best chance to take care of their…

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How Important is a Living Will in a COVID19 Emergency?

How Important is a Living Will in a COVID19 Emergency?

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the world as we know it. This virus has already claimed the lives of over 50,000 Americans, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the threat is going away any time soon.  No one ever wants to think about what would happen if we were to become so critically ill that…

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Do I Need a Durable Power of Attorney If I Get Sick with COVID19?

Do I Need a Durable Power of Attorney If I Get Sick with COVID19?

With the COVID19 pandemic sweeping across the globe, you may be wondering as to whether or not you have everything you need in order, in the event you were to become ill. Unfortunately, it often takes extremes for many people to realize they may not have the proper protocols put in place in the event…

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