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Powers Of Attorney Are An Essential Component Of An Estate Plan

Most people go through a period of incapacity before they die. As a result, your estate plan needs to prepare for that contingency. One of the ways you can do this is complete a power of attorney designation.

I am Monika Blacha, a lawyer who drafts powers of attorney, advance directives and other estate planning documents for clients in Naperville and the surrounding areas. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss how a power of attorney can protect your family members if you are unable to manage your affairs due to a health condition such as a coma, Alzheimer's or dementia.

Why Do I Need A Power Of Attorney?

You may assume that a family member could speak for you if you were unable to communicate your wishes. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Without a power of attorney, your family members need to go through the time and expense of a guardianship proceeding before they would have the legal right to pay your bills, conduct transactions or make decisions for you.

Since a person may become incapacitated at any age, it is important for every adult to complete a power of attorney designation, even if you do not own significant assets.

What Is An Advance Directive?

An advance directive allows you to make decisions about the health care you receive if you are incapacitated and unable to communicate for yourself. An advance directive includes a health care power of attorney and a living will.

A health care power of attorney allows you to name a trusted person to make health care decisions for you. A living will allows you to tell family members and doctors whether you would want feeding tubes or other artificial life support if you are in a terminal condition and unable to state your wishes.

For Powers Of Attorney And Living Wills In The Naperville Area

To discuss powers of attorney and advance directives, call me at 630-283-1987 or email my firm. My law office is located in Naperville, and I serve clients in DuPage, Cook, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. I am fluent in Polish.