WHY DO YOU NEED A LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT:
You’ve worked hard all your life to buy your home, furnish your home, and save some money. You may also have items of sentimental and financial value. Your Last Will and Testament allows you the opportunity and peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones will receive your property just as you intended. Although looking ahead may seem like a difficult task to many of us, planning for the future will ensure that you decide who gets your property and not a judge who has never met you or your family.
Preparing your Last Will and Testament is an important task that will allow your loved ones to understand clearly what your wishers were and avoid any differences amongst them that may occur without a Will.
It’s time to think about the future and protect your family from unnecessary burdens that they may face if you pass without leaving your Last Will and Testament. We can guide you and help you prepare a document that will protect your legacy.
Odalys Sanchez Elkins is a compassionate who understands how precious our families are to each one of us and she will guide you to ensure that the assets you worked hard all of your life to ascertain, are distributed amounts your loved ones in the manner you desire.
WHY DO YOU NEED A LIVING WILL:
A Living Will is a document that allows another person (your proxy/health care surrogate or representative) to make all major medical decisions on your behalf in the event that you have a terminal medical condition, end-state condition, or you are in a persistent vegetative state and you are unable to communicate to your medical professionals what your wishes are. Having a Living Will prepared will allow your proxy/health care surrogate full power to consent or withdraw medical, surgical, or other treatment; make decisions on whether to provide, withhold, or withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration, and access to your medical records.
Having a Living Will is important, because it helps all of your loved ones understand what your wishes are and it also takes the burden away from anyone having to make these types of decisions, without knowing what you wanted.
You should understand that a Living Will must be signed by you before you actually need it. Naturally, once you are in a vegetative state, it will be impossible for you to sign this document or communicate what you wishes are.
Odalys Sanchez Elkins is a compassionate attorney, who understands your needs and will guide and help you with a Living Will.
POWER OF ATTORNEY
WHY DO YOU NEED A POWER OF ATTORNEY:
A Durable Power of Attorney signed by you grants powers to another loved one or trusted friend to make important decisions for you or on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make those decisions. For example, a Power of Attorney is necessary for another person to handle banking transactions, speak with your mortgage company, sell your home or vehicle, if necessary due to serious illness. A Power of Attorney will also allow another person to make decisions regarding your accommodations, in the event that you are no longer able to live alone and require assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitalization, medical services, or other medical needs. A Power of Attorney also allows another person to sign documents on your behalf, such as government related documents for necessary benefits.
The most important thing to know is that you cannot sign a Power of Attorney if you become mentally incapacitated, or have a serious medical condition that does not permit you to physically sign a document or understand what you are signing. This is why the time to act is now, when you are healthy in order to ensure that the Court will not make these important decisions for you. Another reason to act now is to make things easy for your loved ones when you do become incapacitated and are able to act on your own behalf.
Probate is the legal process which occurs once an individual becomes deceased in order to administer and distribute their estate (assets). This legal process is required whether or not there is a Will, however, the process varies depending on the existence of a Will or not. The Probate legal process requires judicial oversight by Probate Court and all debts of the deceased are paid first, then the estate (assets) are transferred to the beneficiaries.
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