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When Someone Dies

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Chapter 1: As Death Approaches
• Who's in charge before the death?
• Does the person have an advance medical directive, also called a durable power of attorney for health care?
• If the person prepared an advance directive/durable power of attorney for health care...
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If you’re visiting this website, there’s a good chance someone you love has just died. Both of us have recently lost loved ones, and we’ve endured the grief that now consumes you. But this is not a book about grief or grieving. This is a succinct, step-by-step guide to all the practical things you must do after someone dies. Read more

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Parents have drafted a will with a lawyer I am not entirely comfortable with, for various reasons. Can I take the will to another lawyer or do I need to use with lawyer that drafted the will? Thank you for your help, love the book!
If the will has been signed, you do not need to work with the current lawyer. You can take an original and give it to another lawyer for administration. If the will is in draft form, then you can do pretty much anything you want, including working with a new lawyer. However, since it is... read more
When Dad dies, Mom is Executor, but Mom has dementia and is not capable of making decisions. Children are Power of Attorney. Is the POA still in effect or is the Will now in effect? If Will is now in effect, can children access Dad's financials to pay for Mom's care?
First, Mom is not qualified to be executor. Technically, you should follow the will, which likely specifies who becomes executor if first one fails. You would become the new executor by attestation to the court or to people. You can use your power of attorney to act instead of Mom but there are issues with... read more
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