How to Avoid the High Cost of a Guardianship or Conservatorship in Massachusetts

| Oct 16, 2017 | Estate Planning |

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It doesn’t matter how young or healthy you are. Bad things sometimes happen to good people. Whatever your age or health, for example, you might be only one car accident away from ending up mentally incapacitated. Have you prepared to make the legal burden on your family as light as possible?

It is easier than you think. With two simple legal documents, you can make sure someone in your family can make important financial and medical decisions for you when you are no longer able to make them yourself. 

With a durable power of attorney, you appoint a person to handle your finances for you, such as paying your bills, selling or buying property if the need arises, or managing digital assets.

With a healthcare proxy, you nominate someone to make medical decisions for you. This is crucial when life-and-death decisions must be made, and doctors need someone available to make the decisions quickly. By naming someone in advance, you can also discuss with them what medical treatments you do or do not want to receive to prolong your life.

So why is it so important to have these two documents in place? Two reasons.

Without them, your family will not know who you wanted as your decision maker, and family members may disagree about your finances and your healthcare decisions.

Also, your family will be faced with the burden and expense of going to Probate and Family Court requesting that a judge appoint a conservator to handle your finances and a guardian to make your healthcare decisions.

Because the costs and burdens of filing a petition for guardianship and conservatorship are steep, the Law Offices of Renee Lazar offers to prepare these documents at a low cost of $50.

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