Ever wonder what would happen if you were not able to make critical decisions by yourself because you were incapacitated? Is there anything you can do to prepare for the unexpected? Yes, there is! While you are still able to do so, there are three crucial documents that all adults should have to be prepared for one of life’s major curveballs. The documents include:
- The Financial Power of Attorney (“FPOA”): This is a document that allows an individual (the “principal”) to appoint someone (an “agent”) to make financial decisions on their behalf. This authority can be in effect immediately or come into force when the principal is incapacitated. This can also be beneficial for those who travel internationally and will not be available to sign financial documents.
- The Medical Power of Attorney (“MPOA”): This is a document that appoints an agent to make most medical decisions on someone’s behalf if they are incapacitated. It is crucial to also include something called a HIPAA waiver which will allow the agent to access medical records. Without the HIPAA waiver, the agent might not be able to act in the best interest of the principal due to lack of information. It is also important to know that if the principal is in terminal condition, a MPOA will not suffice. In that instance, there is another document that will.
- The Living Will/Advanced Directive: This document will allow an individual to decide how they want to be treated in the instance that they are in terminal condition and cannot communicate verbally. For instance, the individual can elect to refuse to be on life support or to be heavily medicated so they can pass peacefully. But perhaps the reason why this document is so crucial is because it will remove the burden from family members required to make these painful decisions and can even prevent families from falling apart due to disagreements.
So, what if you have children or if you were to pass away earlier than expected? If so, how can you communicate those wishes to your children along with other family members?
Contact Michele at MSuriano@CastleRockInvesting.com or (303) 725.7086 today to get your documents in order.