When it comes to estate planning, there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” Your goals and concerns are as unique as you are, so you need an Estate Plan to match. That said, there are a few components that every plan should have, regardless of your financial picture or the specific elements of your estate.
One of these is a Declaration of a Pre-Need Guardian.
This document acts as a backup plan to your Living Will and Health Care Surrogate. If the court determines that a guardian is needed after all, this document will help guide the judge in the appointment of that guardian. This is just a recommendation or suggestion for the judge to consider; however, the final decision is in the hands of the judge and the court.
Combined with a Living Will and Designation of Health Care Surrogate, this creates your Health Care Directives, a collection of documents that protect you, your family and your assets in the event that you become incapacitated and are no longer able to speak on your own behalf.
To learn more about this and other important components to a solid estate plan, contact our office for a free consultation. At Spiegel Law, PLLC, we will guide you through the estate planning process and create a plan that protects your interests, provides for your family and promotes your values. Call us today!