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NO ADVER NT THE LEGAL LEADER THE LEGAL LEADER SUNDAY, APRI 12, 2020 ESSENTIAL LEGAL DOCUMENTS FOR SCARY TIMES THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Why do I need one! # you do not have a properly evecuted Las Wil and Testament. Pennsylvania law will govern bow your assets will be distributed upon your death. What information do you need from me? Who in your primary beneticiary (or beneticiaries)t Who do you want to get your assets if your primary beneficiary dies before youl Are there special gifts you want togive (ie., to your chuech, your favoeite niece, or a non-peotitt If you have minor children or dependent parents, who do you want to manage their meney (ie. your beother, the bank, ete). Who do you want to be in change of administering the estate in conjunction with your amorney at QuatriniRatferty? Where do I keep my willt We secommend a fireproof container. It is critical that the person you appointed as executor knows the location of the Will. When does my will uke elfectt Upon your death. Do I have to record it at the Courthouset No. It wil be tiled (peobated) after your death. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Why do I need an attorney? bu are not required to have an attorney peepare your essential kgal documenta. However, we know from many, many years of experience that "homemade" or "interner" documents provide unpleasant surprises to our dients and their loved ones. There is no subititute to sitting beside an esperienced anorney who is listening to your unique ife situation and knows the right questions to ask and the right guidance to give. Furthermore, we see the stress melt away whien our clients know that professional answens are lierally right dowa the street! Do the documents need notarized? We notarize all documents. (We have multiple notaries on staff). It avoids "surprises" and challenges to the authentikity of your signature and, in the case of your will, simplites the fling of it. What does it cost? An uncomplicated Will, POA, and Living Will generally cost less than you think. Are you peeparing these essential documents during the COVID - 19 pandemict Yes. We have safe peactices in place o get your documents done now to provide you peace of mind. THE DURABLE FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY Why do I need one! The POA authorizes someone else to act on your behall. If you de not have a POA and you become mentally incapacitated, you will need to have a guardian appointed to act on your behalf. A guardianship involves a coun appearance requiring medical testimony and a financial accounting. His both expensive and time consuming and there is no garantee that the court wil appoint the person you would have chosen Who should I appointf You should select someone you trust to manage your finances if you are unable or simply do not wish to handle them any longer. Genetally, it should be someone younger than you, with basic common sense. When does it take etlect You may begin using this document as soon as it is esecuted, if you no longer wish to handle your finances However, because ik is "durable," you can delay the use of it unil you become incapacitated and unable to manage your allairn. Your agent can begin using it at that time. If you later become able to handle matters on your own, the POA can be withdrawn. HEALTH CARE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS (LIVING WILL) What is thist This document combines a medical POA with what is commosly ktown as a Living wi, The medical POA pives your health care agent (HCA) the authority to make health cane decisions for you in the evemt you are mennally or physically unable to make your own decisions. you have an end-stage medical condition, the Living Will focuses on medical care you want or do not want that mary peolong the process of dying Who should I appointt You can appoint any competent individual, but should realine that you are placing considerable responsibiry on this individal. Note: You may not appoint your doctor or other health care provider as your health care When does it ake elflectt You may begin using this document as soon as it is executed, however, because it is "dutable," you can control the une of it. Vou can delay the use of it until you become incapacitated and unable to make your own decisions. Your HCA can begin using it at that time. Of couse, the Living Will can only be used in conjunction with an end-stage medical condition or other extreme irreversible medical condition in combination with eiher permanent unconsciousness or the permanent inability to communicate. Where do I kep my "Living Will'? You need to keep this with your other essential legal documents. Key make sure your ICA knows where to easily find it upon short notice We Wish You a Blessed Easter and QUATRINIRAFFERTY Happy Passover Holiday! The Injury & Disability Law Firm 888-534-6016 Greensburg Office: Phone: 724-837-1348 Pittsburgh Office: Phone: 412-391-2800 Latrobe Office: Altoona Otlice: Phone: 814-656-0065 Phone: 724-59-2841 in You Visit our Website to watch our Legal Tip Tuesday videos. FACEROOK: LANKEDIN: TWITTER: YOUTUBE ANSTAGRAM QuatriniRatferty Ouarinialerty PC GRLegal Quatrini Rafterty QRLegal NO ADVER NT THE LEGAL LEADER THE LEGAL LEADER SUNDAY, APRI 12, 2020 ESSENTIAL LEGAL DOCUMENTS FOR SCARY TIMES THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Why do I need one! # you do not have a properly evecuted Las Wil and Testament. Pennsylvania law will govern bow your assets will be distributed upon your death. What information do you need from me? Who in your primary beneticiary (or beneticiaries)t Who do you want to get your assets if your primary beneficiary dies before youl Are there special gifts you want togive (ie., to your chuech, your favoeite niece, or a non-peotitt If you have minor children or dependent parents, who do you want to manage their meney (ie. your beother, the bank, ete). Who do you want to be in change of administering the estate in conjunction with your amorney at QuatriniRatferty? Where do I keep my willt We secommend a fireproof container. It is critical that the person you appointed as executor knows the location of the Will. When does my will uke elfectt Upon your death. Do I have to record it at the Courthouset No. It wil be tiled (peobated) after your death. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Why do I need an attorney? bu are not required to have an attorney peepare your essential kgal documenta. However, we know from many, many years of experience that "homemade" or "interner" documents provide unpleasant surprises to our dients and their loved ones. There is no subititute to sitting beside an esperienced anorney who is listening to your unique ife situation and knows the right questions to ask and the right guidance to give. Furthermore, we see the stress melt away whien our clients know that professional answens are lierally right dowa the street! Do the documents need notarized? We notarize all documents. (We have multiple notaries on staff). It avoids "surprises" and challenges to the authentikity of your signature and, in the case of your will, simplites the fling of it. What does it cost? An uncomplicated Will, POA, and Living Will generally cost less than you think. Are you peeparing these essential documents during the COVID - 19 pandemict Yes. We have safe peactices in place o get your documents done now to provide you peace of mind. THE DURABLE FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY Why do I need one! The POA authorizes someone else to act on your behall. If you de not have a POA and you become mentally incapacitated, you will need to have a guardian appointed to act on your behalf. A guardianship involves a coun appearance requiring medical testimony and a financial accounting. His both expensive and time consuming and there is no garantee that the court wil appoint the person you would have chosen Who should I appointf You should select someone you trust to manage your finances if you are unable or simply do not wish to handle them any longer. Genetally, it should be someone younger than you, with basic common sense. When does it take etlect You may begin using this document as soon as it is esecuted, if you no longer wish to handle your finances However, because ik is "durable," you can delay the use of it unil you become incapacitated and unable to manage your allairn. Your agent can begin using it at that time. If you later become able to handle matters on your own, the POA can be withdrawn. HEALTH CARE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS (LIVING WILL) What is thist This document combines a medical POA with what is commosly ktown as a Living wi, The medical POA pives your health care agent (HCA) the authority to make health cane decisions for you in the evemt you are mennally or physically unable to make your own decisions. you have an end-stage medical condition, the Living Will focuses on medical care you want or do not want that mary peolong the process of dying Who should I appointt You can appoint any competent individual, but should realine that you are placing considerable responsibiry on this individal. Note: You may not appoint your doctor or other health care provider as your health care When does it ake elflectt You may begin using this document as soon as it is executed, however, because it is "dutable," you can control the une of it. Vou can delay the use of it until you become incapacitated and unable to make your own decisions. Your HCA can begin using it at that time. Of couse, the Living Will can only be used in conjunction with an end-stage medical condition or other extreme irreversible medical condition in combination with eiher permanent unconsciousness or the permanent inability to communicate. Where do I kep my "Living Will'? You need to keep this with your other essential legal documents. Key make sure your ICA knows where to easily find it upon short notice We Wish You a Blessed Easter and QUATRINIRAFFERTY Happy Passover Holiday! The Injury & Disability Law Firm 888-534-6016 Greensburg Office: Phone: 724-837-1348 Pittsburgh Office: Phone: 412-391-2800 Latrobe Office: Altoona Otlice: Phone: 814-656-0065 Phone: 724-59-2841 in You Visit our Website to watch our Legal Tip Tuesday videos. FACEROOK: LANKEDIN: TWITTER: YOUTUBE ANSTAGRAM QuatriniRatferty Ouarinialerty PC GRLegal Quatrini Rafterty QRLegal