After a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), it’s essential to begin thinking about estate planning. While it’s an understandably difficult time, it’s crucial to ensure that your wishes regarding your estate and health care are clearly outlined. As experienced LA County estate planning lawyers, we can guide you through this process.
1. Last Will and Testament
The primary document in any estate plan, your will, is where you specify how you’d like your assets distributed after your passing. It’s also the document where you can name a guardian for your minor children, if applicable.
2. Living Will
This document outlines your wishes for end-of-life medical care. For individuals with ALS, a living will can provide instructions about the use of life-sustaining treatments such as mechanical ventilation and feeding tubes. You can also indicate your wishes to take experimental medications if they are offered during the course of your care.
3. Durable Power of Attorney
A Durable Power of Attorney designates someone to make financial decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so. It can be especially helpful in the later stages of ALS when physical abilities may significantly decline.
4. Healthcare Proxy
Also known as a medical power of attorney, this document allows you to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you’re unable to make them yourself. This person can work with your medical team to ensure that your care aligns with your wishes.
Establishing a trust allows you to pass assets to your beneficiaries without the need for probate, a legal process that can be time-consuming and expensive. A trust can also provide you with more control over how your assets are used after your passing.
Navigating estate planning after an ALS diagnosis can feel overwhelming, but it’s a crucial step in ensuring that your wishes are met and your loved ones are taken care of.
At our LA County estate planning law firm, we’re dedicated to making this process as smooth as possible for you and your family. Our knowledgeable and compassionate estate planning lawyers are here to answer any questions you might have and guide you every step of the way. Contact us today at 310-782-6322 to start the process of creating your comprehensive estate plan.