Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier discusses the benefits of having durable powers of attorney assigned in the event of incapacitating physical or mental illness and suggests taking action right away.
DECATUR, GA, July 5, 2018: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Create A Living Will Before You’re Ill.” Ms. Collier reminds readers that one never knows how life will unfold and if or when they will become ill.
Collier begins by stating that, “No one, and I do mean no one, takes pleasure in thinking about the possibility of becoming mentally or physically incapacitated to the degree of being unable to handle day-to-day financial matters or make healthcare decisions.” She continues adding, “However, if you don’t think about it and make plans that will ensure things are taken care of in that eventuality, you are doing yourself and your loved ones a great disservice. You’re also giving the court the legal power to intervene in your personal affairs.”
“The fact is that you may never use any of the legal documents except a will upon your death,” says Collier. “But one thing is certain,” she adds, “should you become incapacitated, you don’t want a court’s intervention.” She further urges, “So, create documents that give someone you love and trust legal authority to act on your behalf. It’s a necessary precaution.”
Collier writes, “To avoid an intrusive court proceeding, give someone you trust the legal authority to act for you.” “You do this,” she says, “by creating documents called durable powers of attorney; one for financial matters and one for healthcare. If you wish, you can even state that the documents won’t have any effect unless and until you become incapacitated. Once signed and notarized, it’s legally valid, and your mind can be at ease.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/create-a-living-will-before-youre-ill/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.