Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives
The estate planning tools of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives are crucial to planning for your senior years and they help your family undertake the decisions necessary to assist in your care. However, these tools are not just for our seniors. We recommend that everyone have a Will, especially if you have young children. If you have a Will that was drafted when your adult children were young, it is also important review and update that document. Life circumstances change, and we recommend reviewing your estate planning documents at least every five years or whenever a major life event occurs.
Your Will allows your family to handle your affairs according to your wishes after your death. If you have young children, it also plans for their care should you predecease them. Powers of Attorney allow a family member to undertake specific actions on your behalf and without you having to be physically present. This tool allows families to assist their loved ones with the sometimes tedious tasks of life. The advanced directive states your wishes on how you want medical care to be provided to you in the event of a serious injury or illness that incapacitates you to the point you are unable to make these decisions yourself.
The attorneys at Patterson Moore Butler are experienced in assisting families plan for their future and to develop a Will, Power of Attorney or Advanced Directive that provides you and your family guidance and peace of mind. Additionally, our attorneys participate in the Planning to Protect program where we provide free estate planning services to first responders in our community so that our law enforcement officers, our firefighters and our paramedics can go to work knowing their families are protected.