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Critical Estate Documents

Financial Documents

 Joint OwnershipDurable Power of AttorneyLiving Trust
What does it do?Enables you to own property jointly with another personAuthorizes someone to handle legal and financial decisions if you become incapacitatedHolds your belongings until your death
Can it authorize someone to handle your financial affairs if you are unable to communicate?Generally, nocheckGenerally, no
Can it specify how you want your belongings transferred after your death?check
But only those belongings owned jointly
Generally, nocheck
Is it private?checkcheckcheck
When does it go into effect?As soon as joint ownership is recordedEither immediately or upon a specific trigger event (such as your incapacity)When the document is signed and the trust is funded
Does it require court involvement?NoNoNo

Health Care Documents

 Living WillPower of AttorneyPower of Attorney for Health Care
What does it do?Provides specific instructions about medical care and artificial life supportAuthorizes someone to handle legal and financial decisions on your behalfAuthorizes someone to make health care decisions on your behalf
Can it outline your medical wishes if you are unable to communicate?checkGenerally, noGenerally, no, but it does authorize someone to make medical decisions on your behalf
Can it authorize someone to handle your financial affairs if you are unable to communicate?Generally, nocheckGenerally, no
DurationNo expiration; can be revised or revoked at any timeDepends on specifics in the document; can be revised or revoked at any timeDepends on specifics in the document; can be revoked or revised at any time
Is it private?checkcheckcheck
When does it go into effect?Upon your incapacityEither immediately or upon a specific trigger event (such as your incapacity)Either immediately or upon a specific trigger event (such as your incapacity)

Note: Power of attorney laws can vary from state to state. An estate strategy that includes trusts may involve a complex web of tax rules and regulations. Consider working with a knowledgeable estate management professional before implementing such strategies.

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