For all of life's milestones ... we can plan for that
There is plenty to be concerned about during this coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. It has forced many of us to think about whether we are well prepared with updated Wills or other Estate Planning documents. Now more than ever it is important to have your Estate Planning documents in place and currently updated to reflect your wishes and recent changes in Connecticut laws. It is imperative that you have plans in place to communicate your wishes about who you would want to make medical decisions for you if your were unable to communicate; what kind of end-of-life care you want or don't want, including heroic measures and pain management; who would be able to pay your bills or file your tax returns if you were sick and unable to do it for yourself; and lastly, who you want to leave your prized possessions to. Now that we have more time to spend with our families, it is a good time to have the deeply personal conversations needed to make our wishes known and legally binding on our health care providers.
The Estate Planning community has developed best practices to balance keeping everyone safe with also being able to meet these critical legal needs during this pandemic. Using remote applications like FaceTime or Zoom and e-mail, we can safely create or update your legal documents. Each Estate Plan should include a General Power of Attorney which allows someone you name to handle your affairs if you are not able to; an Advance Health Care Directive which names someone who is authorized to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to communicate your wishes; a "Living Will" which tells your doctors you don't want "heroic measures" at the end stages of your life if your condition is deemed terminal; HIPAA Authorization and Waivers which allow disclosure of your medical information to someone else; and Final Disposition instructions expressing your wishes for burial or cremation.
I will send you drafts of your documents to review and answer all of your questions ahead of time. Then when your are ready to sign, we will observe safety protocols designed to minimize risk of exposure for everyone.
Please call me at 860-999-3264 with any questions. You can download an Estate Planning Questionnaire from this website. We will be happy to serve anyone with active illness symptoms after a period of recovery.
This is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for us all. Putting your Estate Planning in order can help put your mind at ease for some of the most important decisions you can make in your life. Be well and stay safe.
Most of life's milestones are best managed with advance planning.
A comprehensive estate plan includes a Last Will and Testament, a Power of Attorney, the Designation of a Health Care Agent and a Living Will. Trusts can also be a useful estate planning tool to take care of minor children or grandchildren, provide support for loved ones with special needs, to minimize taxes, avoid delays in estate settlement or prevent challenges to a Will.
Our focus is on helping you prepare for your family's needs in the future, whether that means preserving your assets, helping your family manage your affairs if you need assistance, or making sure your assets pass to your loved ones the way you want them to. It is also very important to establish your health care preferences and requests regarding end-of-life care plans.
And remember, the Estate Planning process is a dynamic one. As time passes, laws and circumstances change. So it's a good idea to revisit your plans periodically to ensure they are up to date.
We will come to you to make the process easier, more convenient and more comfortable for you.
When you work with us, you become the center of all we do. We take the time to understand what you want and we will take the time to explain what you need.
We also know that it is not always convenient or possible to travel to a lawyer's office for a consultation. We will come to meet with you at your home, a hospital or skilled living facility.
We are an Estate Planning and Probate law firm located in Simsbury, CT that can help you plan to:
Have someone available to take care of your affairs if you are not able to;
Plan for the care of minor children or grandchildren;
Appoint someone to make health care decisions if you cannot communicate your wishes to your doctors;
Negotiate nursing home admissions agreements to avoid unintended consequences that could make your family financially responsible for the cost of your care;
Establish your wishes for pain management and end-of-life care; and
Pass your assets to your loved ones in the manner you wish.
The best time to make plans is now.
Consult a professional who is skilled in these highly specialized areas of the law. This is all we do.
Located in Simsbury, CT, we serve clients throughout the entire state of Connecticut.
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860-999-3264 today or send us a message below.
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