What if I Become Incapacitated?
Health Care Directives & Financial Powers of Attorney
A person becomes incapacitated when they are no longer able to make their own financial and/or health care decisions.Incapacity can result from injury, illness, or simply from the aging process.It can happen without warning and when you least expect it. When someone becomes incapacitated, it is necessary for another person to take over financial and/or health care decision-making for that person.Without proper planning, a court process, which is unnecessarily time consuming and expensive, gives another person this decision-making authority.
- Health Care Directives
Allow you to decide who you want to make your health care decisions for you, if you are unable to make them for yourself.Health Care Directives also allow you to clearly express your wishes about important health care decisions, such as life-sustaining treatment, organ donation, and your wishes on burial and cremation. Addressing these important issues in advance removes a huge burden from your loved ones.
- Financial Powers of Attorney
also allow you to choose who you want to make financial decisions for you if you became incapacitated. By taking this planning step, you maintain control, rather than allowing the court to choose someone to handle your finances for you.
If you become incapacitated and have not established a Health Care Directive or a Financial Power of Attorney, your family will have to begin the tedious court process of a Conservatorship.Our attorneys are skilled in preparing well thought-out documents to avoid this court process and if the situation arises, we are prepared to help you through the court Conservatorship process.