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Last Will and Testament

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Wills and Trusts

Wills are legal documents created to ensure that a decedent is able to transfer their assets at their death to their intended beneficiaries. Absent a Will, the Intestate Succession Act will control the disposition of a decedent’s assets. Wills also provide a means for parents with minor children to designate a Guardian for their minor child or children left behind.

Trusts are legal documents which create a fiduciary relationship with respect to property, subjecting the party by whom the property is held to equitable duties to manage and deal with property for the benefit of another person (often called “beneficiary”). The fiduciary (often called “trustee”) has several legal obligations in their management of the trust property (often called “corpus”) and can be held legally responsible for any misuse, abuse or mismanagement of the trust.


Financial Power of Attorneys

"Durable" Power of Attorneys are legal documents which permit one or more persons to act for the grantor of the power (often called “principle”) in case of subsequent physical or mental incapacity. The most common power of attorney is called “durable” in that it lasts beyond the principal’s incapacity. Under traditional common law rules, when a principle became incompetent, any power previously granted ended. Modern statutory schemes have done away with this issue.

“Springing” Power of Attorneys serve the same purpose as a durable power of attorney, but do not become effective until the principle is declared incompetent. It then “springs” into effect and the powers granted become effective. This instrument is not favored in that it relies on cumbersome medical and legal proceedings to determine when the principle is  incompetent.

Healthcare Power of Attorneys
and Living Wills

A Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document that permits a person to designate an "agent" to make health care decisions for them (called the "principle") if the principle’s attending physician or designated physician determines that the principle lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate their own health care decisions.

A "Living Will"  (formally known as a Declaration of Desire for a Natural Death) is a legal document in which a person (often called the “declarant”) designates or “declares” their desires to a treating physician to withhold or discontinue extraordinary means of life support or artificial nutrition and hydration if he or she is determined to be terminally and incurably ill or in a persistent vegetative state or suffering from advanced terminal dementia.


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