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Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies


Will:   A Will is a legal and binding document which may or may not need to be probated in court following a person's death.  You may have specific issues which need to be addressed to ensure that your wishes are carried out.

Durable Power of Attorney: 
You may designate another person as your Attorney in Fact to make certain decisions for you regarding your financial affairs and medical procedures.  This document takes affect if you become disabled or incapacitated.

Health Care Proxy*:
  Any competent adult over the age of 18 may appoint a Health Care Agent.  The Health Care Agent makes health care decisions for you if you become incapable of making those decisions for yourself.

Benefits of having a Will / Durable Power of Attorney / Health Care Proxy

  • Addresses your desires and intentions
  • Gives you peace of mind
  • Allows control over the passing of your real estate and personal property
  • Health Care Proxy can state specifically your decisions with regard to life support

* Parents with children 18 years of age or older should have a health care proxy for each child.


Disclaimer: This material has been prepared by Cristina M. Ianello, Attorney at Law for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice for any individual case or situation. Transmission of the information is not intended to create and receipt does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Internet subscribers and online readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional legal counsel. This material may be considered advertising under the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. No part of this material may be disseminated without this paragraph.

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