The Five Components of a Good Estate Plan

      Many people believe that their estate planning is complete if they have a will, but there is much more to a solid estate plan. A good plan should be designed to avoid probate, save on estate taxes, protect assets if you have to move into a nursing home and appoint someone to act for you […]

Why Not Just Use an Off-the-Shelf Power of Attorney Form

A durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have. It allows you to appoint someone to act for you (your “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) if you become incapacitated. Without a power of attorney, your loved ones would be unable to make decisions for you or manage your finances […]

Avoid Disagreements Between Your Power of Attorney Holder and Health Care Proxy

A durable power of attorney and a health care proxy are two very important estate planning documents. Both allow other people to make decisions for you if you are incapacitated. Because the individuals chosen will have to coordinate your care, it is important to pick two people who will get along. A power of attorney […]

Navigating through sibling disputes over Power of Attorney

A parent is under no obligation to tell who they have appointed or why. This can lead to the other sibling feeling slighted or resentful. There are some things that are beyond the reach of a Power of Attorney such as the Agent can’t bar the sibling from seeing their parent and it terminates at […]