At Bedwell Financial Services, Inc., we provide the ability to produce documents for wills, living wills, power of attorney and health care power of attorneys for our clients.
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Your last will and testament is a very important document that ensures your wishes are carried out after you die. Many people think that they need to be old, sick, or wealthy to need a will. The truth is, everyone of legal age should have a will. Even if you are young, you probably have possessions that you care about. In the case of accidental or unexpected death without a will there is no way the courts can know what your intentions were for your possessions.
A living will, also known as advanced healthcare directive, is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity. In the U.S. it has a legal status in itself, whereas in some countries it is legally persuasive without being a legal document.
A living will is one form of advanced directive, leaving instructions for treatment. Another form is a specific health care power of attorney in which the person authorizes someone (an agent) to make decisions on their behalf when they are incapacitated. People are often encouraged to complete both documents to provide comprehensive guidance regarding their care
Heath Care Power of Attorney
A Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA) is a legal document that allows an individual to designate another person to make medical decisions for him or her when he or she cannot make decisions for himself or herself. In other words it names someone who stands in your shoes and tells the doctors what to do or what not do for you. A person need not be terminally ill, elderly, or facing high risk activities to execute a HCPOA. Health care decisions include the power to consent, refuse consent or withdraw consent to any type of medical care, treatment, service or procedure. A HCPOA is also referred to as health care proxy, medical power of attorney and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter, sometimes against the wishes of the other. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor (of the power).