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Powers Of Attorney And Advance Directives Can Help You Plan For Your Twilight Years

Last updated on September 21, 2022

When you are creating your estate plan, one of the integral aspects of a good plan is the designation of a power of attorney and the drafting of an advance directive. These documents allow others to carry out your intended will and desires when you may not be capable of doing so yourself. A designated power of attorney can assist you in all of your nonmedical matters, while an advance directive will guide your medical treatment even when you cannot.

My name is Beth Sullivan-Summers, and I am committed to assisting clients with creating a plan for their future to ease their stress and reduce potential problems as much as possible. Learn more by reading below.

I Can Help You Create A Durable Power Of Attorney

A durable power of attorney gives you the opportunity to name the individual or individuals who will handle your financial affairs effective on a certain date in the event you become incapacitated. If you are unable to handle your financial affairs and have no power of attorney, your loved ones must seek court-appointed guardianship to assist you.

Assistance In Drafting A Thorough Advance Directive

Previously in Indiana, there were two documents that you needed to have in order to create a complete plan for your medical treatment, a health care power of attorney and a living will. These documents appointed a representative separate from your power of attorney who was charged with making decisions regarding your health and medical care.

However, due to a recent change of state law in Indiana, there is now only one document that you need to complete called an advance directive. This document will name your health care representatives as well as outline your wishes for how you would like to be treated in specific circumstances. This allows you to make plans for when you would like medical treatment to be carried out or withheld in future cases, as well as designating an individual who can make decisions for circumstances that you have not accounted for. I can assist you in drafting an advanced directive today so that you can be fully prepared for your medical care.

Call My Office Today

If you are looking to create a power of attorney or need any other estate planning assistance, my office would be happy to assist you. Call 317-953-2380 or fill out my online form to schedule your first appointment with my Moorseville office today.