Drafting A Will And Powers Of Attorney
Do You Need To Get Your Affairs In Order?
A properly drafted will and powers of attorney can do more than ensure your assets go to the people you want to have them after your death. These documents can also protect your loved ones from the unexpected: an accident or illness that leaves you unable to communicate your desires to loved ones and medical providers.
For more than 20 years, lawyer John H. Britton of Britton Law, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, has drafted wills and other legal documents for families throughout the area.
North Carolina Wills
A will can do more than determine who receives your property after you die. If you have children, it can also determine when they will receive their inheritance. For example, if you and your spouse should die in a common accident, your children would receive their entire inheritance at age 18 unless your will instructs otherwise. A will can also name a guardian for children under age 18.
If you have a blended family, your will can prevent your biological children from being disinherited if you should die before your spouse. Without a will, your estate may pass to unintended heirs, according to the North Carolina laws of intestacy.
North Carolina Powers Of Attorney
A power of attorney is as important as a will. This document designates someone who can step into your shoes and act on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
There are many different powers of attorney which you can use for everything from buying or selling real estate, to making health care decisions, to managing your business and personal affairs if you are incapacitated.
In North Carolina, a health care power of attorney includes a living will, which allows you to tell family members and health care providers whether you want feeding tubes and other artificial life support if you are in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery.