As I was sitting and thinking about what to write this month, a client told me the story of their husband. A year ago, he pulled through cancer and was in remission. Then, without warning, something that could happen to anybody happened to him. He developed an abscess inside his brain. Within a week, he was gone.
But, instead of having to fight with the doctors during the ordeal, his wife was able to work with them because she had powers of attorney for healthcare. And, there was no talk of having to get a guardianship in court because of the power of attorney for healthcare and a durable power of attorney. She was able to access money and accounts as needed.
Then, after he was gone, things went very smoothly because they had done their planning in advance with a Trust. Without that plan, there could be a hundred loose ends to take care of.