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How To Get Your Legal Affairs In Order

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If you haven't before, now is the time to get your legal affairs in order. As you read this, keep in mind that this is advice we give to everyone, including people who are at the top of physical fitness. Life is fragile. No one knows what will happen in the next minute. We could all get hit by the proverbial bus.

If you have tended to these matters, revisit what you did to be sure it still reflects your current wishes. What we want can change over time.

At least,

  • Make arrangements for your children in case you become unable to care for them or die.See Children 101
  • Consider what you want to happen medically if you become unconscious or otherwise unable to speak for yourself. The documents to write are called Advance Healthcare Directives.
  • Write a will.  If you are on pain medications or other drugs that could be said to affect your thinking, it is important to to Protect Your Will Against Challenges
  • Consider preplanning a funeral. Bring the family in on the discussion so you can make it about what everyone wants for themselves instead of focusing on you.

If you execute a DNR (a do not resuscitate order), remind people you live with not to call 911 in an emergency.

NOTE:  Check all documents, securities accounts and banks accounts with beneficiaries on them to be sure:

  • The beneficiary you want is listed. 
  • If there is more than one beneficiary, the split between them is clear.

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