Senter, Stephenson, Johnson, P.A. offers estate planning services from the simplest of estate plans, to the most complex. Inquire about our Estate Planning Package, which includes Last Will and Testament, Health Care Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney, and HIPAA document.
Last Will and Testament
Developing your estate plan is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your loved ones. Regardless of whether your estate is large or small and whether you are younger or older, yes you need a will, and now is the time to get it. A will addresses many issues that arise upon death. Your will sets out who you want to receive your property when you pass away and also waives many of the burdensome costs and requirements that arise if you die without a will. If you have minor children, your will can establish a trust for them and nominate your preferred guardian to care for them. During this process, we can also help you plan for the care of any special needs family members. In your meeting with one of our attorneys, we will discuss how to title your assets and plan your estate so that your assets pass as seamlessly as possible to your intended beneficiaries.
Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, and HIPAA
A Health Care Power of Attorney serves two main purposes:
- First, it is your opportunity to appoint someone to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. Although we hope you will never be in the situation, such circumstances might arise if you are unconscious, suffering from dementia, or otherwise incompetent to make your own health care decisions. If your incapacity to make your own health care decisions persists, someone needs to be able to make health decisions for you on a daily basis. Without a Health Care Power of Attorney, your loved ones will have to pursue guardianship by having you declared legally incompetent in order to acquire the legal authority to make your day to day health care decisions. Guardianship is a costly and burdensome process which a simple Health Care Power of Attorney can help prevent.
- Second, our Health Care Power of Attorney includes a Living Will, which allows you to legally document your end of life health care decisions. You can establish your desire to have no life-prolonging measures taken, to have maximum life-prolonging measures taken, or to let your Health Care Agent decide based on their knowledge of your wishes and the circumstances at the time.
Durable Power of Attorney
Although the effectiveness of a Durable Power of Attorney is not contingent upon incapacity, as with the Health Care Power of Attorney discussed above, this document is often used along with the Health Care Power of Attorney to prevent the need for guardianship with regards to your financial decisions. If you become incapacitated, someone needs to be able to make your financial decisions for you: to pay your bills, write checks, file your taxes, etc. A Durable Power of Attorney addresses those issues. As with your health care decisions, without a Durable Power of Attorney, your loved ones will have to pursue guardianship by having you declared legally incompetent in order to acquire the legal authority to handle your financial affairs.
Senter, Stephenson, Johnson, P.A. can help you with the creation, administration and management, modification, and termination of trusts.
Our Fuquay-Varina office is convenient to our local neighbors as well as residents of Lillington, Willow Spring, Holly Springs and is less than 30 minutes from Raleigh. Contact us today at 919-552-4707 or send us an email.