Planning for the future includes more than just financial planning. It is also important to provide for health care. The laws surrounding powers of attorney and living wills can be quite confusing. Working with a knowledgeable lawyer is the best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out.
You can count on the Ann Arbor estate planning attorneys at Musser Love, P.C. to help you draft the documents you need to plan for your future. We will discuss your needs and goals before we begin. Then we will explain your options and help you decide what is right for you.
A durable power of attorney for property grants authority to another person to make decisions about finances and real estate if you are incapacitated. It will remain in effect for as long as you are unable to make decisions or until you revoke it.
Medical or health care powers of attorney let you designate an advocate in the event you are incapacitated. This person, or people, will make heath care decisions for you. A medical power of attorney is also useful for specifying your preferences for health care treatment and end-of-life issues.
Using a living will, you can request that doctors withhold health care under certain circumstances. This document must comply with Michigan statutes to be legal. Because each hospital can interpret a living will differently, you should have an attorney help you draft it or ask for assistance from the hospital itself.
A power of attorney can also be used to give another person legal authority over your children. People sometimes do this if the child is temporarily living elsewhere, such as with grandparents for the summer or while attending school elsewhere. This power of attorney is valid for six months and may be renewed for additional time.
A will is only effective after you die, but a power of attorney may take effect while you are alive, making that a good option for effective decision making when you are unable to make decisions yourself or are unavailable to do so.
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