A New Year's Resolution That Really Pays Off

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FindLegalForms.com and its community have found that setting some time aside to prepare a will, living will, and assign a power of attorney is a New Year's Resolution that is easy to keep and very rewarding.

"About 60% of adults do not have a Living Will, and it appears that fewer still have taken the time to appoint a power of attorney to make health care decisions on their behalf in case they become unable to do so themselves"

On January 9th, FindLegalForms.com used a list of the most popular New Year's resolutions according to USA.gov to create a New Year's resolution for their customers for 2012. The most popular New Year's resolutions revolved around health, health care, and financial well being. Knowing that it is difficult to change habits though and at times, with so many other commitments, those resolutions get put aside, FindLegalForms.com created a package that would benefit their customers' health care while also providing a cost savings.

The package of legal forms allows the customer to answer two questions: "What might I hand down? And to whom, and when, and how?" and "Have hospitalization issues been considered?".

They sent an email to their customer database asking a number of questions including: "do you have a Last Will and Testament already prepared, signed, and notarized?"

"About 60% of adults do not have a Living Will, and it appears that fewer still have taken the time to appoint a power of attorney to make health care decisions on their behalf in case they become unable to do so themselves", says Will Cooper, the marketing manager for FindLegalForms.com, "the numbers shocked me."

Living Wills allow an individual to give instruction in advance as to what medical procedures should be performed on them, or not performed on them, in the event that the individual becomes incapacitated and thus is not then able to communicate his or her wishes. This may occur if the individual suffers from severe dementia or is in a comma, or has been put on life support, for example. Since it is very difficult to plan for every possible future health care scenario, FindLegalForms.com insists it is also important to appoint someone you trust to make health care decisions on your behalf should the time come that you are not capable of making those decisions yourself -- and if there are no relevant instructions in your Living Will. This is accomplished by completing a power of attorney document that delegates the authority the grantor chooses to bestow upon the trusted grantee. The delegation also indicates when that authority becomes effective.

"At one time this would have been an intimidating New Year's Resolution to keep, but thanks to the internet, it is actually pretty easy to do" says Mr. Cooper. There are a number of websites that offer easy-to-use templates for almost every estate-planning document you will need. Mr. Cooper urges consumers to be wary of offers for “free” documents — for there are quite a number of such “teasers” and “come-ons” propositioned via the internet. "Make sure the legal document templates you purchase have been created by an attorney and are particular to the state in which you reside" he says.

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