An advance health care directive, also known as living will, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.
POWER OF ATTORNEY
A power of attorney (POA) is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. A POA can be most convenient for family members, for example, to allow a child to assist an aging parent with banking and/or real estate matters.
PROBATE AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
After losing a loved one, the probate process can seem overwhelming. I assist executors, personal representatives, and administrators through each step of the probate process.
If you are named as the executor or personal representative by the terms of a will or you would like to become the administrator of the estate of a family member who did not have a will, I can help you to become appointed by the probate court.
In most cases, a family member serves as the personal representative of a family member’s probate estate. The probate process includes gathering the deceased’s assets, inventorying them, paying the expenses of the deceased’s last illness and burial, paying creditor claims, distributing the remaining estate assets to the beneficiaries, preparing an accounting, and closing the probate case.