Powers Of Attorney And Living Wills Are Critical To Your Well-Being

When setting up an estate plan, you need more than a will. A will can only specify how your assets are distributed after your passing. To specify how you want to be taken care of if you are incapacitated, you need a power of attorney or living will.

We can help you with any power of attorney or living will. Our lawyer, Howard Hyman, has almost 40 years of experience helping the people of the Philadelphia area, including western New Jersey, with all aspects of estate planning.

The Importance Of Powers Of Attorney

The importance of a living will and powers of attorney cannot be overstated. People want and deserve privacy, dignity and the ability to appoint people to handle their affairs if they are unable to do so.

Our lawyer can help you with:

  • An advance health care directive, which plans for your medical care if you are incapacitated and can encompass both a living will and a health care power of attorney
  • A living will, which is the part of an advance health care directive that directs caregivers in decisions such as when to remove a feeding tube, etc.
  • A health care power of attorney, which appoints a health care proxy to make any medical decisions on your behalf that are not covered by a living will
  • A legal power of attorney, which appoints someone to handle legal decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated
  • A guardianship, which will appoint someone to take care of the property and personal day-to-day affairs of someone who is unable to do so

In some ways, powers of attorney are even more important than a will. You will only pass away once, but you may become incapacitated several times in your life, and each time, you will need a document specifying how your affairs should be handled.

And if you die without a will, the distribution of your estate will follow state intestacy laws. There is no such provision if you are unable to take care of your own affairs.

Helping All Families

We welcome individuals and families of all kinds. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 215-725-1950. You can also contact us online.