WILLS

Wills & Powers of Attorney

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Wills

Put simply, an estate is everything that you own after payment of debts and taxes at the time of passing.  Your Will lays out your decisions regarding how your estate is to be distributed to your beneficiaries.  Your estate can include personal belongings, family heirlooms, real estate or sums of money.  It’s important to carefully consider to whom you would like your assets to be passed once you die and to be as specific as possible with your wishes.

Lisa provides estate planning services for people and families of all income levels. Whether you are seeking legal services for simple will preparation or you have significant assets you want to preserve, Lisa can help.

Lisa’s experience and reputation for excellence in the area of estate planning, administration and probate law can make the difference between a well crafted estate plan and one that falls short of your goals. 

If you have not yet begun or completed your estate planning process, no matter your age, it is important that you start putting together an estate plan for you and your loved ones’ benefit.  Without an estate plan, they can be at risk for major tax burdens, and the court will be left to decide who receives your assets, which can cause major family conflicts.

Lisa offers estate planning services in Portland, Windham, and other areas in Southern Maine. For more information, don't hesitate to contact Lisa!
Health Care Powers of Attorney

A Health Care Power of Attorney (sometimes called a Living Will), is a legal document letting you direct medical providers to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment if you are in an end stage medical condition or a state of permanent unconsciousness. In your Health Care Power of Attorney, you designate another person, known as your Agent, to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself.

Preparing a Health Care Power of Attorney lets you to decide now what medical treatment you want in the future if you become incompetent or incapacitated. Failure to prepare a Health Care Power of Attorney may cause increased stress on your loved ones who are left to decide the proper medical treatment for you without your guidance.

In your Health Care Power of Attorney you can refuse all, or some, medical treatment such as cardiac resuscitation, artificial feeding, blood, kidney dialysis, antibiotics, surgery, diagnostic tests, and mechanical respiration. You can also direct your medical providers to administer treatment that will keep you comfortable and alleviate your pain at all times, regardless of the choices you make about medical treatment.

Your Health Care Power of Attorney can become effective when your medical providers determine you to be incompetent and in a terminal condition or a state of permanent unconsciousness, or if you choose, it can be effective immediately to enable your Agent to help you make health care decisions.  

You can also use this document to designate who you would like to be your Guardian if one is needed in the future. As well, you can use it to designate what you wish to have happen to your body after your death in terms of organ donation, burial, types of memorial services you would like and other matters.
Financial Powers of Attorney

While your Will lets you appoint the person who will be responsible for the disposition of your assets after your death, a Durable Financial Power of Attorney lets you appoint the person who will manage your financial and living affairs if you become disabled or incapacitated during your life. This person is known as your Agent.

Under Maine law, you can give your Agent many powers, including, but not limited to, the power to pay bills, make gifts, make bank deposits, buy and sell real estate and securities, sign income tax returns, begin a legal claim, and make other important financial decisions. Your Power of Attorney can be very specific or very broad, depending on your wishes.

A Power of Attorney is only valid while you are alive and will terminate upon your death. At that point, the terms of your Will take effect.

Taking the time to prepare your Power of Attorney now, while you are healthy and able to do so, will make the process easier for your relatives and loved ones in the event of your disability or incapacity later in life.  

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