Durable Powers of Attorney

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Although in the public mind estate planning is typically associated with what happens after one’s death, planning for future incapacity can be equally, if not more, important. Key to such planning is a durable power of attorney. In New Hampshire, a durable power of attorney can be prepared as a way to plan for future incapacity. A durable power of attorney is a written document that can remain valid if you become unable to make decisions on your own. With this document, you will be able to appoint a trusted agent who can oversee and manage your affairs and make health care decisions on your behalf.

Durable General Power of Attorney for Finances

A durable general power of attorney for finances provides authority to the person you select, known as an “agent” or “attorney-in-fact,” to exercise as much power over financial decision-making as you could if making decisions for yourself. The agent can do anything that can legally be done by you. General powers of attorney can also be essential to crisis Medicaid planning, allowing your agent to make arrangements for your property after you become incapacitated. Because of the power conferred by these documents, and the need to tailor certain provisions to your particular situation, it is important to have the help of an experienced attorney when drafting the necessary documents.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Establishing a durable power of attorney for health care is an important part of estate planning. In the event you become incapacitated, the durable power of attorney for health care gives your selected agent the power to make health care decisions and inform your physician of your wishes. An experienced attorney can guide you through the consequences of the choices you must make in completing this document, helping to ensure that your wishes are carried out when you are no longer able to do so.

Living Will

A living will is a type of health care document that expresses your wishes regarding whether you desire life-prolonging treatment in the event you are incapacitated and near death or in a permanent vegetative state.

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