Who Handles My Affairs If I Become Incapacitated?

No one wants to consider this eventuality, but the sobering reality is that many people become incapacitated toward the end of their lives. This is something to take seriously when you are devising your estate plan. Ideally, your plan should address potential end-of-life issues. When you take the right steps, you can be comprehensively prepared for the contingencies that may present themselves. Consequences of Inaction You and your family can suffer some negative consequences if you fail to plan ahead for possible incapacity. If you do become incapacitated at some point in time, and you have no incapacity planning documents in place, interested parties could petition the state to initiate a guardianship proceeding. Ultimately, the state could decide your fate, and a guardian could be appointed to manage your affairs. This can be disconcerting on a number of different levels. Most people would like to keep the state out of their private personal and family matters. Plus, the decision-m


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