WILLS & ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

Why We Chose To Set Up A Living Trust In Our 30's

"The point is that people typically don’t come with expiration dates.  Situations arise, accidents happen and questions come up- you have to be prepared.  You have to have the hard conversations when you have time to really consider what you want for you and your family members.  At any age, trying to decipher what someone else would or wouldn’t want in the event they were incapacitated is difficult.  Combine that pressure with the immediate decision making emotional pressures and you’re heading down a really perilous path.

Thankfully, in our situation, my husband survived.  We had the conversations on what our wishes would be and what we both wanted.  We got wills drawn up with medical directives that put in writing what our decisions and wishes were."

By Tracy John 

For Aging Well Denver

Five Wishes

Five Wishes is used in all 50 states and in countries around the world. It meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in 42 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In the other eight states your completed Five Wishes can be attached to your state’s required form. 

Wills, Trusts, Probate and More, Explained

"End of life planning and estate planning can be overwhelming, particularly when you don't quite understand what you're doing. Legal jargon, lawyers fees, and family disputes can make it even harder. While we recommend that you consult a lawyer when setting up your estate and wills, here is a quick guide to the terms you'll see when you start digging in."

Aging Well Denver

Why Advance Directives Are Important

 "Put your desires in writing by completing three important documents: a living will, a health-care power of attorney, and a letter of instruction."

by AARP Education & Outreach