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Making the tough decisions that affect your loved ones.
Helping you clarify how you want your affairs to be handled
Being assured that your family is protected and giving you peace of mind.
Planning for your Wealth and Health
We offer legal services in the area of simple Wills, Living Wills, and the preparation of Power of Attorney documents to assist people as they carefully plan for their future as well as for their family, their businesses, and important people in their lives.
Our attorneys provide legal counsel and directs you through a planning process which can otherwise seem overwhelming.
A Will, sometimes called a Last Will and Testament, is strongly recommended for everyone, but it is of particular importance to people with minor children, property, specific bequests or wishes regarding your asset distribution at death.
Individuals with minor children will typically need a trust provision within their will that establishes a guardianship and asset distribution for their minors.
Estates above a certain amount usually require special tax and/or estate planning, and we refer clients appropriately based on their needs.
A Living Will, sometimes called a Declaration for a Natural Death, is generally used to express a person’s wishes for medical interventions. In addition to a living will, a Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney can designate and direct the person you wish to make healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event that you are:
Hospitalized and unable to make health care decisions
Permanently incapacitated and no longer able to answer for yourself
Power of Attorney
There are many different reasons why a person may need a power of attorney, including financial and healthcare planning. A power of attorney can be used in many different situations to designate who can make legal, financial or medical decisions on your behalf.
Health Care Power of Attorney
This specific type of power of attorney gives broad powers to the person you designate as your health care agent to make health care decisions for you when you cannot make the decision yourself or cannot communicate your decision to other people. A Health Care Power of Attorney may be revoked in writing with signature or by communicating your intent to revoke, in any clear and consistent manner, to your health care agent or your health care provider.
At Stevens Law Firm, we strongly recommend that everyone have a durable power of attorney. In many situations, a power of attorney can be more important and critical than a Will.
Contact us today to make an appointment and learn more about your options. 919-858-5111.