Updated: Apr 20
In today's troubling times, every person should have at least three vitally important documents in their possession: a Will, a General Power of Attorney, and a Health Care Directive (or even better, a comprehensive estate plan incorporating a Living Trust). A Will sets forth basic rules for what should happen to your property when you pass away. A Power of Attorney gives another person the authority to take care of business and financial transactions when you're unable to do so yourself. And a Health Care Directive gives another person the authority to make health care decisions on your behalf, and according to your guidelines, when you can not make them for yourself.