I want to share some basic Information on a topic I call “Life Documents.” A “Life Document” could also be referred to as a “Legal Document.” The outline below is by no means an all-inclusive list.  It is a brief review and reminder regarding some of the more common “Life Documents” a person may need to convey or execute during the course of their life.

Basic Will
A will or testament is a document by which a person regulates the rights of others over his or her property or family after death.

Health Care Directive/Medical Power of Attorney
A health care directive is a document that gives someone you trust the legal authority to act on your behalf regarding health care decisions if you ever become incapacitated or unable to communicate.

POA/Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a document in which you appoint someone else to act on your behalf on matters that you specify.

My suggestion is, if you have not already, take some time and consider your current life situation as it relates to these documents then decide (with the guidance of your attorney) if executing and securing one or more of these documents makes sense for you and your family.  These documents can generally be attained for a few hundred dollars.  For your convenience I share the names and contact information of two local attorneys who can provide these services or call the attorney of your choice for a complete professional overview of these and other “Life Documents.”

Cristin Long, McQuaide Blasko 814 – 238 – 4926
Amos Goodall, Goodall & Associates 814 – 237 – 4100

The above definitions were taken from thefreedictionary.com and lawdepot.com


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