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Often a will is the most important part of your estate plan. You can use a will to name an executor, designate guardians for your children and/or their property, provide for your pets, and set out how your debts and taxes will be paid. However, you should not use a will to leave property for your pet, provide conditional gifts, set out your wishes for your final arrangements or leave money or property that will pass to a beneficiary outside of your will.
Durable Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a document that gives another person the power to act in your place. A “durable” power of attorney will stay in effect if you become incapacitated and cannot handle your medical or financial affairs. If your power of attorney is not a durable power of attorney, it will end automatically if you lose mental capacity. Without a power of attorney, your survivors may have to go to court to get the authority to distribute your assets and pay your debts.
Directive to Physicians
A Directive to Physicians is used to leave instructions for life-sustaining treatment if you are in a terminal condition, irreversible coma, persistent vegetative state, or other permanent unconscious condition. A Directive to Physicians can be used to instruct your physician to withhold or withdraw life sustaining treatment, or to specify exactly what treatments you do or do not want to be administered in the event you are in a terminal condition.