According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pet populations, particularly dogs and cats, are on the rise and expected to continue to increase through at least 2030. Many people have welcomed a new pet to the family during the COVID-19 pandemic as well. A common question that clients should think about is: who keeps our fur baby if we are no longer able to care for it.
No one wants to face the fact that our loved ones will not be with us forever. Facing our own mortality is frightening as well. Although none of us wants to contemplate a time when we or a loved one might become disabled or die, it is important to prepare for death or disability.
There are many actions families can take in advance of death or disability to avoid future conflicts or uncertainties:
Choosing your executor (personal representative) is an important part of the estate planning process. This will be the individual who will be taking care of all the logistical matters surrounding your Last Will and Testament and seeing to it that your final wishes are carried out. The Law Offices of Patricia Bloom-McDonald assists clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts in planning their estates and helping them to choose appropriate executors.
All that careful work you’ve done with your estate planning attorney means little the Executor does not manage your estate properly.
The news about Britney Spears’ battle with her father to end his appointment of Guardian over Britney garnered its fair share of headlines. But Britney’s high profile guardianship battle was hardly the first and won’t be the last.
If you’re preparing to send a child off to college this fall, you should add two documents to your back-to-school checklist: (1) a power of attorney for health care [a/k/a Health Care Proxy], and (2) a durable power of attorney for finances. Without these two documents, you may not have the authority to make health care decisions or manage finances for your child once they reach age 18.