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The 3 Documents You Need in Your Estate Plan

Posted by Anthony Serra | May 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Estate Planning Documents

An estate plan is advisable for every adult and should contain at least three documents:

1) a Last Will and testament;

2) an Advance Directive for Medical Care; and

3) A Durable General Power of Attorney.

The Will is for when you die and the Advance Directive and Power of Attorney are for when you are alive but disabled and unable to act on your own behalf. All three are important to have.

Last Will and Testament

This is a document that states how you want your property distributed after you die. If you have minor children in your family, a Will is the place to name your choice of legal guardian and trustee for those children.  If you have grandma's china or a 1960s collectable car, a Will is a place to stipulate who will receive those special irreplaceable items and thus, stifle any dispute.

If you are single person with no children and few assets, then a simple Will may be right for you. However, more complex family situations or someone with large financial accounts or personal items to distribute may require the assistance of an attorney who can help draft the legal language and make sure your wishes are clearly considered and stated.

Living Will (Advance Directive for Medical Care)

A Living Will is a document stating your desire for your health care should you become disabled and not be able to speak for yourself.  Most hospitals will now ask an incoming patient or patient's Agent for a Living Will before they treat a patient. Our blog post, 5 Reasons to Have a Medical Advance Directive, goes into more detail about the Advance Directive for Medical Care and how beneficial it is to have one in your estate plan.

Financial Durable General Power of Attorney

A Financial Durable General Power of Attorney is a document that allows a person of your choosing whom you trust to oversee your financial affairs when you are unable to do so. Since someone who is named as a Financial Power of Attorney has access to your accounts, it is very important to name a person you trust. In most cases, the term "Durable" means that the Power of Attorneys document will remain in effect even if you become disabled.

You can protect your family and appoint a guardian and trustee for your minor children very easily by doing a simple will. All it takes is a phone call or text to Serra Law Group (908) 534-1985. 

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Act now and feel good you did something extremely important for the protection of your family. 

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About the Author

Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  


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