Protecting What Matters Most During a Pandemic
We are so very grateful to our community’s doctors, nurses, and first responders, for putting their very lives on the line in this unprecedented war with COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published interim guidance on COVID-19 for all first responders, which we hope all have taken to heart.
For all of our area 1st Responders to this pandemic (fire, EMS, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, etc.), the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC is offering a free videoconferencing consultation and one (1) free Will for Testamentary/Wills/Estates documents. We want to help those who are on the front lines of battling this Viral COVID-19 War, fighting to the detriment of their own health, by helping them to take the needed steps to “Protect What Matters Most.”
Here are some important documents we recommend our First Responders (fire, EMS, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, etc.) have during this crisis:
1. Last Will & Testament
If a person passes without a Will, he/she dies intestate, meaning Texas laws control property distribution, and perhaps an outcome contrary to your wishes. Wouldn’t you rather have your assets distributed to your chosen beneficiaries? And wouldn’t you want to appoint trusted persons to make decisions for your children? NOW is the perfect time to discuss with your family what happens with your assets, liabilities, & children if something happens.
2. Durable General Power of Attorney
This document appoints a trusted individual to serve as your agent, conferring him/her with a full Power of Attorney (POA). This power allows your trusted agent to pay bills, access financial accounts, and make financial transactions on your behalf should you become unable to do so. The POA can take effect immediately or upon incapacity and remains in effect until you die or until you subsequently revoke it.
3. Medical Power of Attorney
Battling in the midst of COVID-19, it is now apparent that healthcare emergencies can occur at any place and time — and usually occur when you least expect them! A Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA) appoints your agent to make all health care choices for you and takes effect ONLY if you are unable to make your own decisions. The MPOA endures indefinitely from the time it is executed unless you establish a shorter time period or later revoke it.
4. Medical Directive to Physicians
Known as an “Advance Directive,” (AD) this document allows you to communicate your wishes about medical treatment when you are unable to make those known due to illness, injury, or incapacitation. You should provide copies to your physician(s), hospital(s), and medical facilities.
To all first responders, those battling this virus on the front lines, we are praying for your safety and health! In the meantime, we urge you to take measures now to plan for the future, ensuring your wishes are carried out in case of death or incapacitation. The Law Office of Dana L. White is happy to assist you and your family with “protecting what matters most.”
Please call (817) 697-0180 or contact us online to schedule a free video and/or audio consultation. This offer is only good through May 2020