Georgia Life Planning Packages

Everyone, whether married, single, or in a long term committed relationship needs to think about putting in place Life Planning documents that specify in detail what he or she would want to happen in the event of death or disability. Life Planning documents are more than just wills and includes documents that can manage your property and your life right now, as well as planning for death and disability.  Planning for an unexpected event is particularly crucial if you are single, in an unmarried committed relationship, or recently divorced. Life Planning Documents offered at Law Offices of Rhonda Blackwell Siler include Wills, Georgia Advance Directives for Heath Care (Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and appointment of Guardian all in one), Powers of Attorney, Power of Attorney for Child Care, Designation of Standby Guardian for Minor, and notice of Revocation of Power of Attorney.

Make Your Choices Known!

If you fail to make your choices known in advance, the legal system will choose them for you. Georgia law has default rules for people who don't make explicit plans. If you are married, then your spouse would be the closest legal family member and the state would appoint him or her to make decisions for you if you are incapacitated. In the event of your death, your spouse would inherit your estate. While a majority of married couples want their spouse to retain these rights, you can appoint others to make financial and/or medical decisions for you and/or inherit all or a portion of your estate if you have proper documentation

If you are single, the law turns to your parents or adult children to make legal, financial or medical decisions or to distribute your property to in the event of your death. A sibling will retain the right if you survive your parents. This remains true even if you are unmarried but you are in a long term committed relationship because unless you are married Georgia does not consider the relationship “important” legally no matter how long you have been with your partner. 

Create Documents While You're Healthy!

While many people only begin to look into life planning when they are facing a life-threatening illness, legal documents such as wills and powers of attorney are important for everyone, TODAY! Drafting a will or durable power of attorney for health care or financial decisions is advisable for everyone who wants to make his or her own choices about medical decisions and property distribution rather than have the law decide, or have their wishes challenged by a family member or even the State. Remember that you cannot take anything for granted when it comes to families, medical emergencies, prolonged incapacity and death. People sometimes do unexpected things during challenging  times. The only way to guarantee that your wishes will be carried out and your family is protected from even more stress and grief is to plan ahead now.