When a prospective client asks me for a Living Will, it triggers a red flag. This generally means we need to slow down, understand the client's goals and the build up the pieces that the client needs to have in place to make a secure legal plan.
Who is your Digital Executor? Selecting the person authorized to close, delete, store, download or maintain your accounts and valuable files is as vital to your future planning as naming the executor of your will.
When writing wills with clients, I find that many people do not have a ready response to this traditional estate planning question: “What would you like to have done with your remains?” Religious, cultural and family traditions may offer answers. In the absence of tradition, clients may feel unmoored.
There are times when the American healthcare system will do anything to prolong life, even beyond the point that many patients consider reasonable. The results can be expensive and put a strain on our healthcare systems.