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Documenting your wishes

As you pre-plan for your own passing, there are several important legal documents to consider. Drafting and making your family members aware of these documents will guide you and your loved ones during difficult times.

Living will

Living wills are legal documents that can direct a patient's physician to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures in certain circumstances.

What is a living will?
Last will and testament

A will is a legal document that distributes your property after your death. Having a will allows you to control who inherits from you, who will be a guardian to your children and who will serve as your executor to carry out your wishes.

The value of a will
Estate plan

An estate plan is a set of documents that contain instructions for the disposition of your assets following death. Developing an estate plan with an attorney or a trusted advisor can help ensure that your wishes will be carried out.

Creating an estate plan
Heathcare directive

A health care directive states your wishes in the event you are unable to influence or decide what medical treatment or life-sustaining measures you would want administered.

Providing direction
Power of attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document through which you give another individual the authority to make certain decisions or to act on your behalf when you are unable to do so.

Granting power of attorney