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Last updated on May 28, 2024

If you die without a last will and testament, your estate will have to pass through probate. Sometime later, after debts and taxes are paid, the remaining assets will be distributed to your spouse, children, parents or siblings, in accordance with Georgia’s intestate succession statutes. While this can be both troublesome and costly for your loved ones, it is nothing compared to the nightmarish scenarios that can unfold if you haven’t prepared for the possibility of becoming incapacitated.
At Hodges Law Firm, LLC, in Cumming, we’ve been helping people throughout the Atlanta area understand and address the issue of incapacity in their estate plans for more than 30 years. We know that death and planning for incapacity are not the easiest subjects to think or talk about. What we also know from experience is that there’s immeasurable peace of mind to be gained from doing this. We’re here to help and encourage you to call or contact us for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.

What Are Living Wills And Powers Of Attorney?

  • living will is a written document that expresses your wishes about the kind of end-of-life medical treatment and care you want (or do not want) to receive. This is important because it’s not uncommon for people who are dying to reach a point where they no longer have the ability to make these decisions for themselves. The living will serves as a decision-making guide for both your health care providers and your loved ones in this situation.
  • health care power of attorney puts decisions over your medical treatment in the hands of a trusted loved one. This is important even if you have a living will because it’s impossible (in practical terms) to address every possible health care decision or situation that could arise if you should become incapacitated.

Whether you are dying or are just incapacitated, it’s likely that someone will need to pay your bills, take care of your home or manage your estate at some point. If you create a financial power of attorney, it gives that someone the legal authority to act on your behalf with respect to these interests. The scope of a power of attorney can be as broad or narrow as you want it to be – from paying bills and managing bank accounts, to handling significant business transactions.

Manage Your Future With Our Lawyers’ Help

A living will combined with a health care power of attorney and a financial power of attorney can spare your loved ones from agonizing decisions and disputes that could arise over your care. Contact us today online or by telephone at 678-608-1746 or call  to speak with an experienced lawyer.

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