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The risks of DIY Wills

The Risks of DIY Wills

By Andre O. McDonald |

There has been an explosion in the numbers of Americans rushing to make their will online. Understandably, the coronavirus pandemic has created the scramble to set up wills and end-of-life-directives. However, online do it yourself wills, (or “DIY wills”) are often deemed invalid as they do not comply with all of the legal requirements… Read More »

Do I need a living will?

Why a Living Will is Important

By Andre O. McDonald |

A living will is a legal document that lays out your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment.  It is often accompanied by a health-care proxy or power of attorney, which allows someone to make healthcare decisions for you when you are incapacitated, and the living will does not have specific instructions for the situation at… Read More »

6 Steps to Planning for End-of-Life Wishes

6 Steps to Ensuring Your End-of-Life Wishes Are Met

By Andre O. McDonald |

Contemplating our own death is one of the hardest challenges we will ever have to face. Yet, if we want our dying to be meaningful and merciful, it is imperative that we think about it while we still can. Part of doing so involves thinking through our end-of-life wishes.   For most of us,… Read More »

Here are 4 end-of-life documents you may need to ensure your wishes are carried out

4 End-of-Life Documents You May Need

By Andre O. McDonald |

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented, that does not guarantee the instructions will be carried out as you stated. The frightening truth is that mistakes regarding your end-of-life… Read More »

It's tax prep time!

9 Tax Prep Questions That Will Help Organize Your Estate Plan, Too

By Andre O. McDonald |

It’s the start of a new year, which can only mean one thing: time to start your tax prep. This tax season comes with dramatic changes to the Internal Revenue Code, and this year’s April 17th IRS filing deadline is just around the corner. Soon you’ll be receiving tax forms, such as your W-2… Read More »

Would your advance directive be readily available in an emergency?

Legal Planning to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

By Andre O. McDonald |

After procrastinating for several years, you decided to engage an estate planning attorney to prepare your estate plan. Now that the plan is completed, where do you store your Advance Directive /Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will and HIPPA Authorization so that they are available in an emergency? At McDonald Law Firm, we… Read More »

Why an Incapacity Plan is Essential

It’s Not Just About Death and Taxes: The Essential Legal Documents You Need for Incapacity Planning

By Andre O. McDonald |

Comprehensive estate planning is about more than your legacy after death, avoiding probate, and saving on taxes. It must also be about having a plan in place to manage your affairs if you become mentally incapacitated during your lifetime.   What Happens Without an Incapacity Plan? Without a comprehensive incapacity plan in place, a… Read More »

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