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Orland Park estate planning lawyer

Preparing for your future is the best way to ensure that things go as planned in the legal department. No one can accurately predict what will happen; however, taking preventative measures is a good step in the right direction. Many put off creating an estate plan until they are older, thinking that they will have plenty of time to do it later in life. However, this places them at risk of losing everything in the event of an emergency. The future may be unpredictable, but with an experienced estate planning attorney’s help, you can make sure that all of your bases are covered.

The Basics of Estate Planning

An estate plan has many moving parts, all of which are unique to each person or family. Some individuals decide to complete only one of the following legal documents, while others have an attorney help create them all: 

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Orland Park power of attorney for healthcare and finances lawyer

Designating a power of attorney (POA) is an area of estate planning that many individuals do not consider until it is too late. A POA is a legal document that gives a designated person the power to make financial or medical decisions for you in the event that you are unable to do so yourself. While this may sound risky, it is actually the most reliable way to ensure that your wishes are followed in cases of emergency. The best course of action is to fill out the legal documentation that lists your decisions with the help of an estate planning attorney. These declarations must be legally followed in the event you become incapacitated or cannot make decisions for yourself. 

POA for Healthcare

Having set decisions for your healthcare before an emergency occurs is crucial. Those looking into a POA must consider the importance of quality of life and the financial burden that medical procedures can create. Legal documents addressing these matters are also known as advance directives. Power of Attorney for healthcare is one of the most powerful types of advance directives, and the person who is authorized to make decisions for you can ensure that you are cared for according to your wishes. You can give your agent broad authority to act according to how they think you would like matters to be handled, or you can be specific about the types of decisions they are allowed to make and the care you would like to receive.

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Orland Park will and trust attorney

In life, it can be a good idea to plan ahead, since no one knows what the future holds. Estate planning is the process of arranging in advance for the management and disposal of your estate both while you are alive and after your death. Estate planning is crucial for your future as well as your family’s well-being. Wills and trusts are two of the most common legal documents that are created in the estate planning process. Both handle finances and assets, but they do so in different ways. Many families seek legal assistance to create one, if not both, of these estate planning tools to have peace of mind in regards to their future.

What Does a Will Do?

A will details what will happen to you and your assets after your death. It will state how you want your affairs handled and how your property should be distributed to your heirs. While many young adults and parents do not take the time to consider their own death, addressing these issues can ensure that your wishes are followed correctly. If you have minor children, you should take the time to appoint guardians to ensure that they will be taken care of by people you know and trust. If this is not decided before death, children may be placed into the hands of a family member who you would not want to care for their children. 

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Oak Forest estate planning attorney

While a will documents your wishes for what will happen with your belongings after your death, a living trust allows you to determine how to handle your assets both while you are alive and after you have passed. In your trust, you may be called the “grantor,” “settlor,” or “trustor,” and you will be able to designate who will get your possessions. These people are called your “beneficiaries.” You will also name someone as your “trustee,” which means that he or she will be the one to ensure that your wishes are carried out correctly.

You may be your own trustee, or you can name a survivor trustee who will take control of the trust after your death. You may also set yourself up as a beneficiary of the trust while you are living, and you can add others as beneficiaries, including a spouse, children, or a friend. A living trust can be changed as you feel necessary at any time, or you may cancel it altogether. The trust will be empty until it is funded, which means that until you have transferred your assets to the trust, it will not go into effect.

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Oak Forest estate planning lawyer power of attorneyWhen planning your estate and drafting a will, sometimes it will be necessary to create a power of attorney as well. How do you know when it is needed or whom you should choose? Although you may be doing well now, there may come a time as you get older or face unexpected medical issues that you will no longer be able to take care of your own bills and properties, and you may not be able to make decisions about your own personal care. At that time, it will be of utmost importance to have someone you trust to take care of these things for you.

What Does a Power of Attorney Do?

A power of attorney can be vital in protecting you and your assets. When you create a power of attorney agreement, you will name an agent who is authorized to make decisions for you, but your agent will only have as much power as you have laid out for him or her. In other words, you can choose for your agent to simply take care of your bills and property if you are somehow incapacitated, or you can opt for him or her to have more power, such as the authorization to give gifts or set up trusts on your behalf. 

You may also select a power of attorney to take care of your healthcare needs. Adults may create a power of attorney to name an agent who can manage their medical care and personal needs if they become incapacitated or unable to make their own healthcare decisions. As with a power of attorney for property, a power of attorney for healthcare can limit the decisions your agent can make or provide them with general authority to meet your needs.

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