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RESOLVED: Get Your Estate Plan in Order

The first new year’s resolution you need to keep is to visit your friendly elder-law attorney, who can guide you through the estate planning process. Sadly, the pandemic is not over yet. It’s important to prepare your papers in advance in case you become ill and cannot speak for yourself. You will be appointing a person who is close to you, to whom you will have given your permission to talk to your doctors about the treatment you want. In addition, a trusted person can take care of your bills while you concentrate on getting better. If executed as we do, these documents – powers of attorney – are very powerful in that they have effectively put your arrangements in place before an emergency arises.


The best idea is to talk, in advance, with the healthcare person you appoint about the kind of treatment you would want and the treatment you might decline. If you or somebody else has access to the internet, look up “The Conversation Project.” That website is full of guidance. The founder says it’s all about “what matters to you, not what’s the matter with you.”


And if the worst happens, you will have organized your property and directed whom you want to get what when you pass. That will save your heirs a lot of time and money.


There’s just one thing about new year’s resolutions. They’re easy to make, but much harder to keep. Fully one-third have already failed by the time February rolls around.


This is too important for that to happen. Be resolved, and then follow through right away. Call us for an appointment now, to make sure you have the best and most-effective plan in place before you need it. Please contact or call us at 434-589-2958. We are happy to help.