The National Institute on Aging has provided this handy info-graphic. The message is “Plan Ahead” for yourself and for loved ones for whom you will be assisting with important decisions on health and financial matters. The graphic doesn’t include a last will and testament. Suffice to say everyone needs a will. But even more important is being sure your wishes are known on medical and financial matters while you are still among the living.
Be sure these important legal documents are readily accessible: Statutory Durable Power of Attorney for financial matters, Medical Power of Attorney to appoint who can make medical decisions for you, a HIPAA Release for who can receive your medical information and who physicians may talk to about your treatment, and a Directive to Physicians and Family to verify the extent of medical measures you wish to be followed. A Will and those documents are essentials for a basic estate plan. See ElderLawyer Eric Pullen to be prepared.