No matter how well Kent area residents plan for the unexpected, they can still run into issues. Thinking about what would happen if a person unexpectedly dies or becomes incapacitated is not a pleasant topic of conversation. But, when a family does not plan ahead, it can turn into a serious matter.
A proper basic estate plan is invaluable when an emergency arises. If a person develops a medical or mental disability it can be a serious situation in which a person's medical needs and financial needs may not be met. If there is a properly drafted power of attorney, that person can step in immediately to help. Or, if a person has a trust, a person's financial matters will be handled. A health care power of attorney is also important to make sure a person's medical needs are being handled according to their wishes.
With proper planning in place prior to a life emergency, a family can be reassured that their needs will be met and their wishes followed. Creating these plans can give a family peace of mind, even though they may never need them. A legal professional who is skilled in estate planning law can help a family create an estate plan that makes sense for their life situation or update an estate plan that is already in place. An attorney understands that each family and their needs is unique and there isn't a one-size-fits-all policy. An attorney caters an estate plan for each of their clients and makes sure that all bases are covered.
When a family is proactive towards an adverse life event it can help ease the unexpected matters that arise. Although thinking about a potential medical or mental emergency may not be pleasant, planning in advance for these events is critical.
Source: thetimesherald.com, "Hope for the best, plan for the worst", Matthew M. Wallace, May 11, 2018