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5 Documents Every Family in St Lucie County Should Have

Last will, Revocable living trust, Durable power of attorney, Living will, Health-care surrogate

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Your Last Will

A written document that directs your assets to the people and causes you care about, executed in accordance with the formalities required by state law. It can serve as a pour over Will (recommended) too if combined with a Revocable living trust to catch all assets not covered in the trust at time of death.

Revocable living trust

A revocable living trust can hold a majority of your assets during your lifetime, and it directs where the trust assets go later. This document can become the instrument by which your assets are distributed at your death, in essence acting like a will. Plus, assets in a living trust bypass the probate process.

Durable Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney authorizes another person to make decisions for you—usually in financial matters—when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. A durable power of attorney remains effective if you should become ill or incapacitated, but it ends at death.

Living Will

A Living Will is a legal document that expresses your wishes about prolonging your life by artificial or extraordinary measures in the event of a serious illness. Although your attorney will draft your living will, you should discuss its provisions with your doctor to make sure he or she feels comfortable about carrying out its directions.

Health-Care Proxy

Health-Care Proxy is a legal document that expresses your wishes about prolonging your life by artificial or extraordinary measures in the event of a serious illness. Although your attorney will draft your living will, you should discuss its provisions with your doctor to make sure he or she feels comfortable about carrying out its directions.

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