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T Jeff Stein Probate Attorney I have executed a Will, a Living Will or a Durable Power of Attorney…what happens next? | T Jeff Stein Probate Attorney

I have executed a Will, a Living Will or a Durable Power of Attorney…what happens next?

     Once you have taken the monumental step of completing these important planning documents, what should you do next?  A living will and durable power of attorney for healthcare are only effective if your doctors and hospital have a copy.  Your agent or proxy should have a copy of these documents as well in the event a medical provider requests one.  You should keep your Last Will and Testament in a safe location and notify your executor where to locate it upon your death.    It is important that these legal documents are both safe and accessible.   A fire proof box or safety deposit box are two possible options.  If for any reason you change your mind about these documents, you can contact your attorney for assistance in amending these documents so long as you are competent.  Do not attempt to make changes to the documents by writing on the face of the documents as this could void the documents.  If you decide that you don’t want these documents or that they no longer reflect your wishes, you can destroy them before a witness over 19 years old after indicating your intent to revoke the documents.  You can also revoke these documents in writing.  Make sure you notify your attorney in either event so that he can destroy his copies of these documents as well. 

Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice.  Please contact our office for an estate planning consultation to speak with a qualified attorney. 

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