One thing you can count on is that nothing is certain. Did you know that without simple documents in place to protect you and your family in the event of the unexpected, decisions will be made for you? If you die without a Will, the State has a plan for you.
More often than not, the State’s plan does not match the decisions you would make, if you take the time to do some simple planning.
When you reach the age of 18 you are an adult and as such must make your own legal and medical decisions. Your parents no longer can act for you. Once you are over 18 you need legal documents and have that clearly detail your wishes. Once you are over 18 should illness or accident befall you, state law assumes you deliberately chose not to have your wishes made clear.
What does this mean? Without simple powers of attorney – for your health and finances – decisions for your well-being, perhaps your very life, are made by the state, not by the people who love you and have your best interests at heart. The state is required to make decisions for you, potentially leaving those you care about locked out in the cold with no recourse.
Most of us would prefer not to think about getting sick, or losing the ability to pay our own bills. No one wants to talk about what happens if you have a stroke or when your memory totally fails. It’s a conversation everyone avoids.
If you haven’t met with an attorney to prepare the legal documents you need to make sure someone can make medical and financial decisions then you’re not prepared, that you haven’t got your ducks in a row. It’s unsettling at best and very dangerous at worst.
Getting key documents in place will give you tremendous peace of mind. You’ll rest easier knowing you’ve taken care of yourself and those you love. And it will save you – or someone else – from regretting that you neglected to prepare for a crisis. Don’t waste another minute. Be safe, be prepared, be protected. Remember, you must make the decision – or someone may just make it for you.
Getting Your ‘Ducks in a Row’ is Simpler and Easier than You Think…
Call our office at (855)99ELDER or (855)993-5337 for a free consultation or complete our online Free Consultation Request form to learn how you can protect yourself and your family in the event of the unthinkable. Our no-pressure compassionate style will put you at ease, and you’ll learn exactly what you need to have in place and why. You’ll be glad you called.
There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re prepared – for whatever comes your way. Act Today.
Martha Patterson is a California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. She focuses on Elder Law, Asset Protection and Estate Planning. She is a Member of NAELA; Past President of Southern California NAELA. Featured on CNN, Good Morning America, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, and radio stations KABC, KNX, and KKLA. She overcame incredible objections and enabled Kerri and Julie Kasem to visit their dad radio host Casey Kasem. She is a frequent lecturer for NBI, and is a at MCLE events, and public forums.