I will be talking about the importance of having estate planning documents to plan for later need or incapacity. The documents commonly needed are: Wills, Statutory Durable Powers of Attorney for Finances, Medical Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians, Declaration of Guardian in the Event of Later Incapacity or Need, HIPAA Authorization, and Appointment of Agent for Disposition of Remains. Having this type of estate planning package is helpful so that others can act on your behalf should you lack the ability to make your own decisions and help to make your wishes and preferences known ahead of time.
Ellen G. Patterson
Ellen Patterson grew up in San Antonio, Texas, attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she attended the Plan II Honors Program. She wrote her college thesis on “The History of Plan II and the Value of Liberal Arts Education,” and thus she values her college years learning the liberal arts for helping her to develop a curiosity about the world and a passion for caring for and helping people. Ellen later earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
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