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How Will Decisions Be Made If I Am Incapacitated? Part 1: Healthcare Proxies, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney

How Will Decisions Be Made If I Am Incapacitated? Part 1: Healthcare Proxies, Living Wills, and Powers of AttorneyIf someone becomes incapacitated or is unable to communicate their wishes, who makes decisions on their behalf? How do decisions get made? What gives someone the legal authority to make decisions?

If you plan ahead, you can create a power of attorney, healthcare proxy, and a living will to protect yourself and your wishes in the event that you lose the capacity to make decisions. The power of attorney names an agent who can take care of your financial and legal affairs. Depending on how the power is defined, the agent, who serves as a kind of alter ego, can handle everything from paying bills and picking up mail, to taking care of investments and selling real estate property. They could basically do everything that you can do except vote on your behalf or create your will.

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Our Knowledge Is Your Knowledge

Our Knowledge Is Your KnowledgeWhen speaking with clients about the complicated Medicaid rules, availability, and exceptions, they often reply something like, “Wow, there’s so much to know.”

Clients come to us because we know the rules, and more importantly, we know the exceptions.

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