Can you answer affirmatively the following questions?
Do you have a Will?
Some persons do not feel it is necessary to have a Will. A situation recently came to our attention where a single lady was injured in the home of her boy friend. As a result of the injuries, she died and he filed a probate proceeding claiming he was her husband. The estate and the "surviving spouse" received a large sum of money. The heirs of decedent have not received any part of the sum paid to the estate. Had she had a Will, these complications could have been avoided.
Do you have Powers of Attorney?
There are two types: "Statutory Durable Power of Attorney" - for business matters and "Power of Attorney for Health Care". It is important that you have these documents in hand should you become incapacitated by a stroke or accident leaving you unable to care for yourself.
Do you have a Directive to Physicians?
Unless you direct otherwise, health care providers are obligated to keep you alive by every means at their disposal.
Have you designated a Guardian for yourself or minor children?
If you become incapacitated by a stroke or accident, the law allows you to designate the person to take care of you or your minor children in a guardianship proceeding. The Court will normally allow that person to serve unless disqualified by law.