Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney & Living Wills
A will spells out exactly how you wish your property (estate) to be distributed upon your passing, who should be in charge of administering your estate, and other wishes you may have. A will makes it easier for your family to deal with your property. If a valid will does not exist when you die, your property is distributed as dictated by state law.
Powers of Attorney (POA)
A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else of your choosing the power to make important financial or medical decisions on your behalf, even (or only) in the event you become disabled or mentally incapacitated.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are no specific forms required for either financial or health care powers of attorney. However, there are suggested forms, and certain items, such as notice and acknowledgement provisions, which must be included with any POA.
A living will, also called an advance health care directive, allows you to appoint a person to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so, and it also gives you an opportunity to state what medical procedures you do and do not want performed in the event you are in a “permanent vegetative state” and unable to make such decisions yourself.
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