Will and related documents
It is important that you have a Will. This is your opportunity to direct what will happen in the event of your death. You will specify who is to receive what from your Estate. If you do not have a Will at the time of your death, Washington State Law will dictate who receives your assets. By having an attorney prepare your Will, you will ensure that the Will complies with current State Law.
Advice and planning
Douglas N Owens PS can provide expert advice for your estate, without charging you a fortune. I will present several options for your estate, depending on your needs:
Financial Durable Power of Attorney
This protects you in the event that you are incapable of making financial decisions for yourself. You get to choose a person you trust to make any monetary decisions on your behalf. A Financial Durable Power of Attorney may be made effective immediately, or may take effect when you are found incompetent by two physicians.
Health Care Directive
This document puts in writing what health care procedures may be provided to you in the event of impending death or vegetative state. If you recall the news stories about Terri Schiavo and the court battle that ensued between her husband and her parents, you will see how important it is that you be able to make this decision, instead of leaving it for your family members to decide.
Health Care Power of Attorney
Used to allow a person of your choosing to make health care decisions for you in the event that you are not able. This Health Care Power of Attorney also can set forth who takes priority in visiting you if you are hospitalized and unable to make such decisions for yourself. This instrument can be entered into by a married couple.