When it comes to death and dying, there is nothing more important than having your legal affairs in order if you care and want to prevent a disaster. Most people misunderstand and mistrust lawyers in estate planning. The role of lawyers are to protect your assets and wishes against unwanted guests at your table when you are no longer able to be there to defend yourself.
We don’t mean to be harsh; most people are kind and considerate, but there are always those who seek personal gain from another’s loss. It is at the time of death and during bereavement, when people are most vulnerable, that the vultures gather. If you have assets worth a dime, they will be ready to collect, it’s what they do, they do not care.
There are a number of important things to consider in estate planning. We recommend a professional legal opinion to communicate your wishes with crystal clear clarity so that there can be no uncertainty about your wishes and desires when you are no longer there.
We have heard too many terrible stories about defenceless people who are left destitute because of poor estate planning. Please don’t let this happen, speak to an independent professional today.
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Consider who will be there: it is an opportunity for friends and relatives to catch up. It requires wisdom to manage the difficult personalities or unwanted guests. It requires a strategy to manage the powerful normal emotions associated with loss and bereavement. It may be a chance to play your favourite song, have someone read your final message to the world, do away with a boring wooden casket and do it your way.
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A Power of Attorney is a legal document authorising another person to make decisions on your behalf.
There are two types of Power of Attorney (General or Enduring) but if you are appointing the same persons to act in financial as well as personal/health matters, then you need only one—an Enduring Power of Attorney.
Any Power of Attorney ceases to have effect when the giver of the Power of Attorney dies. At that time the deceased person’s Will takes effect.