In light of our current health crisis, we wanted to provide a few legal tips and to let you know that we are here for you to answer questions or concerns.

Make sure your basic legal documents are in order and accessible. Everyone should have these essential documents, regardless of their wealth or health:

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  1. Advance Health Care Directive/Living Wills: Living wills should be carefully reviewed at this time. A living will allows you to plan for healthcare in case of incapacity. It is crucial during this medical crisis to have a copy of your Advance Health Care Directive on hand (with correct intubation provisions). You should also have a healthcare power of attorney, which will allow your agent to make medical decisions (even remotely) for you if you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. We can email all existing clients copies of their documents upon request.
  2. Power of Attorney: You should have a power of attorney for property, which allows your agent to pay your bills and make other time-sensitive decisions in case of incapacity.
  3. POLST: For chronically ill family members, consider completing a POLST (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) with a healthcare provider. A POLST is a portable detailed medical order(s) to be honored by health care workers during a medical crisis. This is a legal document for people with illnesses that specifies the type of care a person would like in an emergency medical situation. Most states have POLSTs.

While legal planning may not prevent a healthcare crisis, it can and will ensure that you control who makes decisions. It also prevents your loved ones from being left with a stressful legal situation to fix in a short time. Getting your legal affairs in order today will give you the peace of mind that you have taken tangible steps to truly be prepared for an uncertain future. In spite of the quarantine, our office is remotely executing legal documents so planning is available today. To schedule a free planning appointment click here. Read our complete list of coronavirus planning tips here.

During this difficult time, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.  In the meantime, take care and be safe.

Parag Patel Esq.