Estate planning is something that requires individualized attention. Everyone has slightly different needs and those needs may change over time. Couples with small children may wish to prepare pre-need guardianship documents, to accompany their will, while older seniors may find a power of attorney is a necessity. Each estate plan must be customized to the individual and in some cases, may need updating as their life circumstances change.
Living Wills & Health Care Surrogates
When you have specific wishes for your medical care, a living will is a necessity. This legal document ensures your loved ones understand what level of care you wish to have in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. By providing a living will and giving a medical power of attorney to a health care surrogate, whom you trust, you will ensure your wishes are carried out.
Powers of Attorney
In addition to a medical power of attorney, known in Florida as a designation of health care surrogate, you may also want to have a financial power of attorney prepared. In the event of your incapacity, this allows another person to pay your bills and handle your finances. Individuals may opt for powers of attorney or may prefer to name a pre-need guardian in the event they become incapacitated.
Pre-Need Guardianship Forms
Couples with minor children, or individuals who are concerned there may be family disputes over powers of attorney may elect to name a pre-need guardian. Generally, the courts must have a strong reason to ignore a pre-need guardianship designation; meaning the court will nearly always abide by your wishes. Without these documents, or the proper powers of attorney and health care designations, the court could appoint someone to manage your affairs and/or care for your minor children in the event of incapacity.
We understand the complexities of Florida estate planning laws; contact The Law Office of Shannan M. Field, PA located in Titusville—and providing services in the Space Coast and surrounding areas—for your estate planning needs.