We highly recommend that every adult consider having a Will, Power of Attorney, and Living Will/Advanced Health Care Directive. Seek competent advice from a lawyer who practices in this area before you consider drafting such an important legal tool. The Castro Firm, Inc. can help you make choices you are comfortable with, and you will leave our office knowing that you have secured control over your financial assets and medical procedures.
Do you need a Will? A Will is generally used to spell out how a person wants their assets divided at the time of their death. It may also address the payment of debts, conditions upon certain gifts to certain individuals, or other matters. A Will should be drafted as part of an overall estate plan for an individual or married couple.
Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document used when you want to appoint another individual to act on your behalf, sometimes called a “Durable Power of Attorney.” It is called “durable” because it survives incapacity, either physical or mental. A Power of Attorney is created for your medical and financial concerns if something happens requiring that someone step in and make decisions for you. Signing a Durable Power of Attorney can eliminate the expense, effort and need for a Guardianship Petition to be filed.
Living Wills/Advanced Health Care Directive
A Living Will or Healthcare Directive is a legal document that allows you to control certain medical procedures that you may have to undergo by stating what medical procedures you do or do not want performed under certain circumstances. You can appoint a person who you trust to make those decisions and speak to your doctor on your behalf, if you are unable to speak for yourself. Without a Living Will/Advanced Health Care Directive, a physician may feel compelled to perform medical procedures that you may not have wanted. It allows you to keep the control over what medical procedures you will or will not accept.
Call on The Castro Firm, Inc. to secure your peace of mind. Let us draft your will, your living will and legally name your power of attorney. Call us today at 302.225.5700.