You don’t even need a Will, but you should have one. And when you’re doing that you should also look at the other areas of your life that might be impacted by what we call “incompetency.” Remember, a Will only takes effect at the time of your death. What happens should you have a period of incompetency before that? That could be by of the onset of a disease, get run over by a truck, or any other means of incompetency. So you should look at the other estate planning documents, other than a Will, that will deal with pre-death issues. Things such as a durable power of attorney, designation of healthcare surrogate, a living will, these are all important tools in a properly formed estate plan.

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