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Advance Directives:



Advance Directives allow you to make decisions about your health care and financial management in advance of your incapacity.  Learn more about a DPOA.







What are Advance Directives?


We would be happy to schedule a free, mini Estate Planning workshop -- on the phone -- to answer your questions and explain all of this in plain English!

The Advance Directives included in our packages are a Living Will, Medical Power of Attorney and Durable Power of Attorney for Finances.  These documents are included in the Trust and Will Packages and by themselves, make up the FREE Document Package.

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Unlike a Will and Trust, the power granted by Advance Directives expire upon your death.

A Living Will is a document that allows you to state, in advance, your wishes as to the medical treatment you desire, if any, in the event you are terminally ill, unconscious, brain dead or injured with no hope of recovery. 

A Living Will protects your right to make your own life or death decisions so you do not end up like poor Terri Shaivo!



Rainbow Law adds a "Visitation Clause" to the Medical Power of Attorney documents included in our packages.  This language is vital to protect your partner's right to visit you in medical facilities, especially in areas that are designated as "family only." 

A Medical Power of Attorney (depending on where you live it may be called an Appointment of Health Care Agent, Designation of Health Care Surrogate, Health Care Proxy, etc., depending upon the state where you live) allows you to appoint your partner (or someone you trust) to make decisions about your medical treatment.  For example, your agent may consent to treatment, refuse treatment, or withdraw treatment on your behalf.  Your agent will only be given this authority if you are incapacitated and are unable to speak for yourself.  Once you die, the agent's authority ends. 

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The DPOA is durable because it remains in effect even if you become incapacitated.

Incapacitated is just a fancy word that means you are unaware of your surroundings or so sick you can not even sign your name to a check.

Only a medical doctor can say when you are incapacitated.

A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) is a document that allows you to appoint someone to act as your "agent" to make financial decisions and take certain actions when you are unable to do so yourself. Your DPOA gives you the option of providing your agent with unlimited authority to deal with your financial affairs (make deposits and withdrawals from your checking account, file your tax returns, conduct your regular financial business, buy and sell your property, etc.), or you may limit your agent's power in whatever way you wish.

Whatever powers you give your agent, the agent must act in your best interests and keep accurate records.


The powers you grant to your agent in your DPOA may take effect immediately upon signing or only after you become incapacitated and unable to manage your own financial affairs.




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Legal documents include gay wills, gay trusts and other gay legal documents.  The documents help to protect gay and lesbian rights, gay legal rights even though better protections would result from gay marriage. These documents are designed exclusively for gay men, lesbians, transgendered and transsexual persons, people who identify as queer, homosexual or have an alternative family and/or lifestyle. These documents are not the same as civil unions, domestic partner agreements, marriage equality, etc., but are the best our community can do to protect our loved ones.  Advance directives include living wills, durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney and estate planning documents include living trusts and last will and testaments.