New Hampshire Estate Planning
Under New Hampshire law, you must be 18 years old and "of sound mind" to create a last will and testament. Unfortunately, many people think they don't need a will—or any kind of estate planning document. But the truth is that almost every adult can benefit from some basic estate planning tools. Talk to an estate planning attorney today to discuss your estate planning needs.
Wills, Power of Attorney & Advanced Directives
Estate planning deals with far more than just death. It can also give you greater control over your legal, financial and medical affairs while you are alive. Let's look at some of the most common estate planning documents.
The last will and testament is probably the best-known estate planning tool. This document allows you to:
- Explain how you'd like your estate distributed after your death
- Name an executor to manage your estate and distribute your assets according to the instructions in your will
- Designate a legal guardian for your minor children
A power of attorney (POA) document is used to name an attorney in fact to act as your agent and take certain legal and financial actions on your behalf. For example, you could authorize your attorney in fact to sign a legal contract for you or to access your financial accounts in order to pay bills. A POA can be written very narrowly—for example, empowering your attorney in fact to take one action on one day—or very broadly. You can also create a POA that only becomes effective if you're incapacitated. The powers of your attorney in fact cease upon your death.
Estate planning documents that discuss medical issues are collectively known as advance healthcare directives and typically include two legal documents:
- A healthcare power of attorney allows you to name a surrogate who is empowered to make medical decisions on your behalf if you're incapacitated.
- A living will allows you to explain your wishes regarding end-of-life treatment options
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