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How can a person communicate her health care wishes?

Communication is one of the most important tools Minnesota residents use to get things done. It is also a central principle of estate planning, as individuals have many wishes that they wish to convey to others, and they have a number of options at their disposal for communicating those wishes.

Appoint a power of attorney sooner rather than later

There are few people who are closer to St. Paul residents than members of their immediate family. Families support each other through thick and thin, and know more about one another than any other person.

Estate planning has something for everyone

There are many misconceptions about estate planning. For instance, many St. Paul residents may think that estate planning is something that only wealthy people do, because those without a substantial amount of money and assets do not need an estate plan. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, as estate planning is something that is in everyone's best interests, no matter what their situation in life may be.

Does your power of attorney do what you want it to do?

When St. Paul residents make important decisions, they usually do so thinking the decision will last, at least until it is time to change course or make a contrary decision. When it comes to estate planning, however, this may not always be the case unless individuals take care to execute the appropriate documents.

What is a health care directive and how do you make one?

Communication is an important tool for St. Paul residents, particularly when it comes to communicating their desires on very personal issues. Health care matters are one of the most important personal issues where it is essential to have solid lines of communication open between patients and their doctors, as well as between patients and their families. While most individuals find it important to have input on their own health care decisions, they may not realize that they have foregone making these decisions if they do not have a health care directive in place.

What can a power of attorney do for me?

Every now and again, many St. Paul residents need a little bit of help in order to manage their affairs. While it often works well to handle these issues informally, there are circumstances in which it may be necessary to have a more formal arrangement in place. Through a power of attorney, individuals can give another person the responsibility of acting on their behalf.

Protecting yourself through a living will

St. Paul residents who have had to make serious health care decisions for family members understand how stressful it can be to arrive at a treatment decision. The stress levels can raise significantly when there is a dispute among family members as to the proper medical treatment that should be pursued.

Two minds may not be better than one for health care decisions

When it comes to making important decisions, the general wisdom is that two minds are better than one in reaching an effective decision. This is not always the case for St. Paul residents, however, particularly when it comes to important health care decisions.

Dispute over power of attorney for famed D.J. is ongoing

St. Paul residents are reluctant to think about having to make difficult health care decisions for an ill relative, but there are instances when it is necessary to do so. Whenever a loved one is undergoing medical treatment or has been diagnosed with a disease, the issue is likely to come up as to what will happen if the ill person becomes incapacitated. Frequently, a power of attorney is utilized to make the process easier.

How can St. Paul residents protect their finances?

Investment and spending decisions can be sensitive matters, and therefore individuals often want to act only on the advice of individuals they know and trust. With this in mind, it makes sense that individuals should likewise only want individuals they know and trust to handle their finances if they are unable to do so. If someone is unable to control their own finances because of an incapacity, for example, they will want other trusted people to make financial decisions on their behalf.