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Why do I need a Last Will and Testament?
Who may make a will?
What makes a will valid?
What does a community property agreement do?
What are the benefits of a community property agreement?
What are drawbacks of a community property agreement?
Who should execute a community property agreement?
What is a power of attorney?
Are there different kinds of powers of attorney?
- General power of attorney, which covers all activities.
- Specific power of attorney, which is limited in scope (for example, allowing someone else access only to certain bank accounts, or power to sell a particular piece of property, or power of attorney only for a limited period of time.)
- Durable power of attorney pertaining to legal and financial matters in particular.
- Durable power of attorney for health care decisions only.
What are the drawbacks of a power of attorney?
What are the benefits of a durable power of attorney?
What is a living will?
What other directions can be given in a living will?
What if I change my mind?
If you change your mind about the contents of your will, you can revoke the will or write a new will. If you change your mind about one or two items contained in your will, you can execute a codicil, which is a legal document that changes specific parts of your will.
If you change your mind about a power of attorney, that document can be revoked, and you must notify the person who held that power of the revocation.
If you change your mind about the provisions of your living will, you can revoke the living will by destroying the document and providing a written, signed, and dated cancellation to the attending physician, or by verbally expressing your intent to revoke the living will to the attending physician.