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The first new year’s resolution you need to keep is to visit your friendly elder-law attorney, who can guide you through the estate planning process. Unfortunately, we are still at the mercy of this pandemic. It is extremely important to have your papers prepared in advance in case you become ill to the point where you cannot speak for yourself. You will be appointing a person who is close to you, to whom you will have given your permission to talk to your doctors about the treatment you want. You can also choose a trusted person to pay your bills, while you’re focusing on getting better. The way we handle these papers – powers of attorney – is powerful because they set up your arrangements well ahead of time before an emergency happens.
The best idea is to talk, in advance, with the health-care person you appoint about the kind of treatment you would want and the treatment you might decline. If you or somebody else has access to the internet, look up “The Conversation Project.” That website is full of guidance. The founder says it’s all about “what matters to you, not what’s the matter with you.”
And if the worst happens, you will have organized your property and directed whom you want to get what when you pass. That will save your heirs a lot of time and money.
There’s just one thing about new year’s resolutions. They’re easy to make, but much harder to keep. Fully one-third have already failed by the time February rolls around.
This is too important for that to happen. Be resolved, and then follow through right away. Call us for an appointment now, to make sure you have the best and most-effective plan in place before you need it. Please contact us at our Forty Fort Pennsylvania office or give us a call at 570-288-1800.