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Strengthen Your Estate Plan With Living Wills And Powers Of Attorney

A basic estate plan includes a will and other directional documents for dealing with your estate after you pass away. But to truly gain peace of mind, your estate plan should also include contingencies for incapacity – a condition in which you can no longer make or communicate important decisions on your own behalf. Circumstances leading to incapacity are numerous, and include cognitive decline, coma and medical emergencies.

The attorneys at Kerley & Talken PC are ready to help you craft a thorough estate plan to address these issues using legal tools like powers of attorney and living wills. More information on each is provided below.

Powers Of Attorney Protect Your Interests

A durable power of attorney grants authority to a person of your choosing. That person would oversee your financial and business matters if you were unable to communicate your desires or manage your affairs due to accident, illness or mental infirmity. A health care power of attorney empowers a trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so.

Powers of attorney can transfer right away if you are ready to turn over control, or activate at some future point if and when you are deemed incapacitated.

Anticipating End-Of-Life Care

A health care directive, also known as a living will, gives legally binding direction to your medical providers and your family members in the event of a catastrophic accident or terminal disease. We help you declare your specific wishes regarding extensive interventions (such as resuscitation or surgery), life support (such as feeding tubes and ventilators), palliative care (such as pain medications), religious rites and other end-of-life matters.

Get Started With A Free Initial Consultation

Kerley & Talken PC is based in Springfield, Illinois, and serves clients throughout the surrounding areas. To discuss your estate planning needs in a free initial consultation, call our office at 217-814-0148 or send us an email.