Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
It is a frightening time and we are all concerned with the health and safety of our family and ourselves. We are doing everything we can to avoid contracting the virus, including avoiding touching our faces and socially distancing ourselves. However, are we doing everything we can to prepare for the possibility that we may contract COVID-19?
It is possible that you will require hospitalization, or even if you are able to stay home that you will be incapacitated. In that event, there are two documents which can protect you and make your wishes clear in advance of an emergency: a Durable Power of Attorney and an Advanced Directive.
A Durable Power of Attorney takes effect in case you become incapacitated. You assign a trusted person, usually a spouse or other family member as your Power of Attorney. That person is then allowed to make bank transactions, sign Social Security checks, apply for disability, or write checks to pay utility bills while you are medically incapacitated.
An Advanced Directive, sometimes called a living will, similarly appoints a loved one to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so. The document sets out your specific desires, so the hospital and/or healthcare providers are aware of your wishes. Any decisions which have to be made will be authorized by the loved one you assign.
If you do not already have these two important documents, we are willing to prepare them for you at a reduced rate in light of these extraordinary times. Please contact Attorneys Hartman, Chartered at 856-393-6073 if you would like our assistance.
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