Parental Power of Attorney: The Legal Document Needed For Those Caring For Your Children

Whether the kids will be with Grandma and Grandpa or a nanny when you go on a quick get away or business trip, it is important to consider whether the person caring for your children has the legal tools necessary to care for your child in an emergency situation. As a parent, you have the ability to make legal and medical decisions for your children under eighteen (18) years of age. What happens, though, if your child gets sick while you are away, or when the child is on vacation without you? While we are often only a cellphone away, that is not always sufficient in an emergency situation.

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Celebrities Who Have Died Without a Last Will and Testament Have Taught Us to Plan NOW

Over the last few years, we’ve seen lots of stories in the news about athletes, musicians, and other celebrities who’ve died without a Last Will and Testament, and the ensuing court battles by families.  While you may not be a world-famous celebrity, there are some really good reasons you should consider making a thorough inventory of your assets and setting up an estate plan now:

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Who Keeps the Pet?

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.

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How To Prepare for Death or Disability

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:

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What Qualities Should You look for When Choosing An Executor?

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.

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