Powers Of Attorney & Advance Directives
It is hard to plan for every situation in life, and things can change in an instant. That makes it important to do what you can now to have a plan in place for what you want to happen to you if you cannot make those decisions for yourself.
I am Judith Trentman Wilson, and I am an estate planning and probate attorney in Belleville, Illinois, who can provide you with the informed legal advice you need when you are making important decisions about your health care and finances. I will provide you with the same compassionate, high-quality representation that I have provided to countless other families throughout the region.
Understanding What Advance Directives Can Do For You
In the event that you become incapacitated, either by a medical emergency or by an illness, advance directives can make your wishes clear about what you want to happen to your estate and whom you want to safeguard your best interests.
- A health care directive can explain to your doctors and family the type of care you want to receive if you are incapacitated. This could include if you want to receive life-extending treatment or if you want to have a do not resuscitate order in place.
- Granting someone power of attorney over you gives a trusted party the authority to make health care and financial decisions on your behalf. It is important that you designate someone whom you believe will truly act in your best interest. Many times, this is a family member or a lawyer.
Few people like to think about the situations where this type of planning will be useful. However, by making the decisions now while you still can, you — not a probate judge — will remain in control of the situation.
As your attorney, I can help you draft and update the necessary documents as part of a comprehensive estate plan. These documents will go a long way toward preventing future disputes among family members.