Advance Planning Instruments And Powers Of Attorney

With advances in medical science, families frequently are confronted with troubling decisions when a loved one suffers a medical emergency or incapacitating injury. Adults of any age can benefit from planning for the unexpected. Seniors frequently consider preparing a health care declaration to let their wishes be known concerning the use of extraordinary means to prolong life.

Planning For Potential Medical Emergencies As A Gift To Your Family

At Erhart & Elfelt, LLC, we understand how difficult it is for you to plan for potential incapacity or end-of-life matters. We offer a calm environment to discuss these important topics to help you protect your family from having to guess or argue in court, about your true desires.

Important documents to protect your family from strife include:

  • Health care directives: Minnesota law allows you to name a person you trust to act as your health care agent should you be unable to communicate your wishes. A health care declaration combines the legal concepts of a health care power of attorney and a living will. Providing your family with guidance about your health care planning desires and end-of-life care concerns is a loving gift that can relieve your loved ones from heated disputes about your true wishes.
  • Powers of attorney: A financial power of attorney allows you to give another the legal authority to make financial decisions and manage your assets should you be unable to do so. The law is flexible to serve a variety of interests. You may create a springing power of attorney. This instrument can help you protect your finances and family should you unexpectedly become incapacitated.
  • Nondurable versus durable powers of attorney: A nondurable power of attorney allows you to authorize another to make financial decisions on your behalf for a specific transaction or type of transaction. It terminates when the transaction is complete. A durable power of attorney, on the other hand, is aimed at allowing a trusted agent to manage your finances when you are unable to do so. A durable power of attorney remains in effect even if you become legally incapacitated. A durable power of attorney is often used to authorize a family member or trusted friend to manage accounts, pay the bills and protect your assets when a disability prevents you from doing so.

Let Us Help You Protect Your Family Should The Unexpected Occur

Whether you have questions about preparing a health care declaration or a complete estate plan, our lawyers are fully prepared to provide you with straightforward answers and effective solutions tailored to your specific needs. To arrange a confidential consultation with a lawyer in Anoka, Minnesota, send us an email or call 763-392-0738.