With more and more Georgia businesses reopening, some people here in the CSRA are afraid that going back to work could put them in the hospital and perhaps kill them. They are asking me what legal documents they need in case the worst happens.
On a personal note, there is a teacher that reached out to us through our TV show, News 12 LawCall. Specifically for her, I hope this helps.
3 DOCUMENTS YOU NEED WHILE ALIVE
- Living Will (also called Advance Directive for Healthcare)
This states your preferences about life-sustaining medical care. For example, would you want a major intervention to keep you breathing if you had a terminal illness? Without this document, your loved ones will have to make these decisions.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
This lets you name a person to make healthcare decisions if you cannot. Unlike in a living will (which spells out what is to be done if you are approaching the end of life), this person can make decisions about your treatment even though your condition is not life-threatening.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Finance
This lets you name a person to make financial decisions if you cannot. This is important, because no matter your physical condition, you still have bills that must be paid.
1 DOCUMENT FOR AFTER YOUR DEATH
This states what is to be done with your things (money, land, household items, etc.) after you are gone. It has no power over anything while you are alive. Just because you give everything to your sister in your will, that does not mean she can spend that money to cover your bills while you are alive.
One more thing, because this has come up, just because you wrote on the back of a picture that it is to go to your Cousin Clem, that doesn’t mean he will get it. If you want him to inherit, put it in your will.
If you suffer a catastrophic injury or suffer a wrongful death, you can talk to us at the Hawk Law Group for free. 706-444-4444. We want to help. We are working remotely and in-person but are always available.
Also, join us on News 12 LawCall here in Augusta every Sunday night at 11:30 right after the news. We are on tape during the COVID-19 epidemic but plan to be back live soon taking your questions.
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