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The Law Offices of Frank J. Santomauro, LLC know how essential it is to plan for both the unexpected and the expected. Unexpected events can disrupt your entire life forcing you to live a new “normal.” At some point in life, all of us will experience a challenging heartbreak in life, if you haven’t already, like an accident, a separation, a natural disaster or a death.

Planning for both inevitable future events of life, like taxes and death, and those unwelcomed and unexpected ones, like an accident, allows you to enjoy your life now…in the present moment.

ESTATE PLANNING

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Estate planning is something that most people should do. Why? Because most people own things, like a house, car, furniture, bank account, etc., that will become the property of another upon their death. Planning your estate means you have control as to who gets what. Proper Estate Planning begins with a Living Will or a Last Will and Testament, or both, inwhich you provide instructions for the distribution of all your property, assets and valuables. But the planning also includes directives as to what you want others to do for you in the event you become disabled or incapacitated due to illness, an accident, or natural causes. You would also provide instructions on who would carry out these wishes and how they are to carry them out. In your Estate Planning you want to also pass on what you value (like religion and how you wish to be buried) as well as your valuables.

There are many other elements to consider when you begin your Estate Planning some of which may or may not apply to you, such as providing instructions or directives for what to do with a business you own or who would take care of the minor children. Estate Planning is normally not a one-and-done deal as changes in life, family, business, finances, and the law, may require you to update and/or revise your instructions and directives.

LIVING WILL

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First and foremost, unlike a Last Will and Testament, which deals with your property, valuables and values when you die, a living will helps others take care of you while you are still living but unable to expressly communicate how you want to be taken care of.

A living will is a legally binding document that provides instructions about what to do if you become terminally ill and the level of medical life support you desire under varying conditions. A living will can become a complex directive given the many facets, and ever-advancing, world of medical technology. A living will only becomes effective when you are unable to communicate your desires for yourself.

POWER OF ATTORNEY

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A power of attorney (POA) is a legally binding document giving one person, the agent or attorney-in-fact, the power to act for another person, the principal. The agent need not actually be an attorney but can be a family member or friend. The agent can be given broad legal power or limited authority to make decisions about the principal’s medical care, finances or property. The power of attorney is often used when the principal is unable to be physically present to sign legal financial documents or when they become ill or disabled.

In Pennsylvania one can give Durable Power of Attorney, Simple Power of Attorney ro Springing Power of Attorney. Durable power of attorney, as the name implies, remains intact even if the principal were to become disabled or incapacitated. A simple power of attorney is the opposite of a durable power of attorney in that the authority given the agent ends when the principal becomes incapacitated or disabled. A springing power of attorney becomes effective at some time or event in the future as was indicated in the power of attorney document. Usually, a springing power of attorney takes effect when the principal becomes incapacitated.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

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A Last Will and Testament is a binding legal document prepared for a person, the testator, that gives instructions with regard to where and to whom their probate assets would be distributed upon their death. The testator can appoint an attorney, family member or friend to act as the executor of the will who manages the estate and enacts all the directives within passing the bequeathed property to the named beneficiaries.
You may have many questions about a last will and testament and we encourage you to set up a FREE CONSULTATION with Attorney Santomauro who can answer most, if not all, of your questions and concerns.

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