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Build a Complete Will with a Dallas-Fort Worth Lawyer

Having a will can make passing your assets to your heirs easier and can prevent a lot of fighting between family members after your death. Although it is possible to draw up your own will, you can create many problems by doing this. Working with an attorney, you can have a complete will drafted. Every aspect of your last will and testament will be covered. The following are a few areas that an attorney can discuss with you.

Naming Your Executor

A will is more than a paper stating who is to inherit which of your assets. You need to have an executor of the will that includes a set of instructions on what is to be done after your death. These instructions should include what to do with your remains. Do you want to be buried, have your body placed in a mausoleum or do you want to be cremated? Any special requests for your funeral should also be included. You will need to make sure that the individual to be named as the executor agrees to being your executor, and also to inform him or her where the will is to be stored.

Power of Attorney

Naming your heirs is fine if you die, but what if you suffer diminished capacity from an accident or perhaps you begin to suffer from a form of dementia? Even if your mental faculties erode slowly, at some point you will no longer be able to make financial decisions. This can be especially important for someone with a business. You can decide now who should make these decisions for you. This is an important part of a complete will. A lawyer can discuss the possibilities of who might be a good choice and draw up the paperwork.

Medical Power of Attorney

This type of power of attorney is specifically in the area of health care. You name an individual who is responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf when you’re unable to do so. This may be due to an accident or a sudden health issue such as a stroke. It may be something that has put you in a state of a coma. Whatever the case may be, certain medical decisions need to be made, and you are not capable of making them. You can give a specific person power of attorney, so they can make the decisions and sign the necessary forms.

Medical Directives

This directs doctors what to do under certain circumstances, especially when there is no one with medical power of attorney. It includes an order not to resuscitate under certain conditions, or when you should be unhooked from life sustaining equipment. End of life decisions should not be taken lightly, and medical directives can be complicated, so you should always consult with an attorney. Naturally, this is a part of a complete will.

By having a complete will drafted, there will not be any confusion about your wishes due to health problems or during medical emergencies. After your death, fighting between family members over your wishes will also be eliminated.

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