Powers Of Attorney And Advance Directives

A complete estate plan is more than just a will. While each estate plan should be tailored to the needs of the individual, a complete estate plan usually includes a trust, power of attorney and advance directive (also called a living will).

At my Merritt Island law firm, The Law Office of Brian W. Hurd, I represent people throughout central Florida, helping them protect their interests and their families. I draft and review estate plans, including powers of attorney and advance directives, making sure that everything is in place, just in case.

Powers Of Attorney

Powers of attorney are straightforward, powerful documents. Once they are properly drafted and signed, they give a trusted family member the authority to access critical financial or health information on your behalf. Many people put powers of attorney in place, and then set them aside for safe keeping. If something happens, your trusted loved one will have the power necessary to take care of your affairs without having to waste time and money going to court.

Advance Directives - Living Wills - Designation Of Patient Advocates

You may have heard about a living will from your doctor, but the best place to get one is from your lawyer. At my Brevard County law firm, I commonly draft living wills as part of complete estate plans, as well as for people who are undergoing major medical procedures or experiencing health issues.

Having a properly drafted living will in place is the best way to make sure that your health care wishes are followed in the event that you cannot communicate them yourself.

It was not too long ago that Florida was rocked by the Terri Schiavo case, a legal struggle between family members involving prolonged life support. Ms. Schiavo's parents and husband engaged in a bitter court battle about whether her life should be sustained through medical intervention.

While the Schiavo case was a dramatic example, the truth is that families have to make difficult medical decisions every day in Florida. Creating a living will that explains your wishes and appoints a health care surrogate to carry them out can protect your family from infighting during a challenging time.

Contact A Merritt Island Attorney: Advance Directives And Powers Of Attorney

To contact The Law Office of Brian W. Hurd, call 321-252-4687 or toll free at 877-409-1022 to speak with a knowledgeable Brevard County attorney handling powers of attorney and other matters. You may also complete an online contact form.