Health Care Directives

Health care directives are estate planning tools that are established to help address medical situations that can arise in your future. If you become incapacitated due to illness or injury and can no longer make decisions, a health care directive can help guide family and physicians through the care you prefer. As skilled Wright, Sherburne, and Anoka County health care directive lawyers, we can explain to you the types of directives available and how each type can assist you in the future. Many of our clients establish health care directives in cunjuction with powers of attorney, which address your financial affairs.

Minnesota Health Care Directives

Health care directives, formerly known as Living Wills, provide directions to family members and physicians regarding your wishes during end-of-life care as well as in other critical medical situations in which you are unable to make your own decisions. If you are on life support or if you not responsive (in a coma, for example), you will be unable to state your decisions regarding medical care and life support. While these can be difficult decisions to make now, while you're healthy, it can save your family and friends from making painful decisions if that time comes.

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Our estate planning attorneys talk to you about your needs, goals and specific concerns and share how health care directives can be beneficial for you.

Contact Martin & Wagner, P.A., by e-mail or call 763-425-6330 to schedule a free ½ hour consultation with an experienced Rogers, Minnesota, power of attorney and living will lawyer.

From our office in Rogers, we provide legal representation to clients throughout the Greater Metropolitan area, including but not limited to, Maple Grove, Albertville, Buffalo, St. Michael and other communities North and West of Minneapolis.

Wills

Our estate planning and Will attorney, Ethne Hedren helps you make the decisions to best plan for your family's future and lay the groundwork for the transfer of wealth and assets to your heirs or other beneficiaries while minimizing tax implications under Minnesota and federal law. Creating a Will is important yet it can sometimes be difficult to think about and plan for the end of life; however the decisions you make now and spell out in a Will directly impact how your children are cared for, how your assets are divided, and the tax implications of transferring wealth.

If You Have a Car, You Have an Estate

Wills are important for everyone, no matter the size of your bank account or assets. A Will ensures your wishes are carried out and that what you own is transferred to those you want. If your marital or family status has changed (newly married, divorced, separated, or widowed), you need to update your Will or create a Will if you do not have one.

If You Do Not Make a Will, the State of Minnesota Will Make One for You

Estate planning is unique to an individual's situation and everyone can benefit from the estate planning process: single persons, married couples, couples in a relationship outside of marriage (domestic partnerships) and persons with young children. A comprehensive estate plan from Martin & Wagner, P.A., includes:

  • A simple Will
  • A Will with contingent trusts or other trust provisions and guardianship provisions
  • Powers of attorney and health care directives (living Wills)
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • A designation of Temporary Custodian or Delegation of Parental Authority

Our estate planning lawyers can also help you with charitable giving and preservation of assets.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact our estate planning lawyers by e-mail or call 763-425-6330 to schedule a free ½ hour consultation with an experienced Rogers, Minnesota, estate lawyer.

From our office in Rogers, Minnesota, we provide legal representation to clients throughout the Greater Metropolitan area, including but not limited to, Maple Grove, Albertville, Buffalo, St. Michael and other communities North and West of Minneapolis.

Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney are estate planning documents that can be established now to help address situations that can arise in the future. There are two types of powers of attorney. Financial powers of attorneys are used when an individual is no longer able to make decisions about their finances due to illness or injury. Power of attorney for delegation of parental authority or designation of temporary custodian gives another person authority to make decisions regarding the care, custody, or property of your minor child(ren).

Powers of Attorney in MN

At Martin & Wagner, P.A., our estate planning lawyers talk to you about your needs, goals, and specific concerns. We discuss how powers of attorney can be beneficial for you under Minnesota law. Many of our clients establish powers of attorney in conjunction with health care directives, formerly known as living Wills which address your medical care preferences.

What Power of Attorney Do You Need?

Our skilled estate planning attorneys can advise you on the two types of powers of attorney and what is best for your situation. You can give someone power of attorney if you are traveling outside the country or in another similar scenario, but most often powers of attorney are established to address incapacity. The two types are as follows

  • Financial power of attorney gives another person authority to make decisions regarding your financial matters. These tasks can be as basic as paying your bills and balancing your checkbook and as complex as participating in a real estate transaction on your behalf.
  • Power of attorney for delegation of parental authority or designation of temporary custodian gives another person authority to make decisions regarding the care, custody or property of your minor child. Unlike the financial power of attorney, which is valid until revoked or the principal dies, the Delegation of Parental Authority is only effective for one (1) year at a time.

Key Terms:

Principal: the person who creates the power of attorney document

Attorney-in-Fact: The person who is given decision-making authority by a Principal.

The attorney-in-fact needs to be a competent adult. It is advisable that you choose someone you trust who is knowledgeable about your wishes regarding financial matters and the care of your children. You can name two attorney-in-facts: one person as attorney-in-fact for your financial decisions and a different person as attorney-in-fact for the temporary care of your children. Choosing to name the same person to serve both roles should be given careful consideration. To avoid abuse of the authority (having sole control over both the finances and the children), it is generally better to name different individuals for those positions of authority. If you have difficulty deciding who to ask to be your attorney-in-fact, our power of attorney lawyers can help you with that difficult decision. 

Contact Wright, Sherburne and Anoka County Powers of Attorney Lawyers

Martin & Wagner, P.A., offers a free ½ hour consultation with our experienced estate planning lawyer who can advise you on your Power of Attorney.

From our Rogers law office, we provide legal representation to clients throughout the Greater Twin Cities area including but not limited to , Albertville, Anoka, Buffalo, Elk River, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Monticello, and St. Michael and other communities within Hennepin County, Wright County, Sherburne County, Stearns County and Anoka County.

 

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