For Breast Cancer Survivors
When it comes to your family, we understand it is no small matter, especially when a member is facing a breast cancer diagnosis. When navigating such a burdensome process, it is easy to become overwhelmed with medical information, treatment options, insurance coverage and estate planning needs. However, you are not alone.
Kegler Brown supports you, your family and your loved ones in the fight against breast cancer by offering basic estate planning services to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors and their spouses or partners at no cost. Our pro bono services include the preparation of wills, powers of attorney for financial matters, powers of attorney for healthcare and living wills.
Why do I need a will?
A will is your opportunity to make your wishes known and to ensure that your wishes are carried out. You can designate:
- how and to whom your assets will be distributed;
- who will be in charge of paying your final expenses and making those distributions; and
- whom you would like to serve as guardians of your minor children.
Without a will, your assets will pass under the default rules of the Ohio Probate Code. The default rules may not adequately reflect your wishes, particularly if you wish to leave bequests to family members other than your spouse, if you wish to make unequal distributions to your children or if you want to benefit a same-sex partner or a charitable organization. A will is your opportunity to ensure that the people and causes important to you are recognized in the manner you choose.
Why do I need power of attorney documents?
Powers of attorney allow you to take control of who will be in charge if you become incapacitated. Not only can you designate who will make your medical and financial decisions, but you can also provide them with instructions regarding the specific decisions and actions they are to take. When power of attorney documents are in place, no court involvement is required to give the person you choose the legal authority to stand in your shoes when you need them.
Without these documents, the court must appoint someone to make decisions about your personal care and the management of your assets. The court may choose among your spouse, your parents or other family members if those individuals request to be appointed. Although your loved ones may have your best interest at heart, their opinions and beliefs may not be consistent with yours. Or if multiple individuals seek to be appointed, each may have a different opinion regarding your treatment or care, resulting in a prolonged legal proceeding. Your personal and financial well-being can be dramatically impacted while the court renders its decision. Is this something you want to leave to chance? Power of attorney documents ensure the people you choose will make your medical and financial decisions when you cannot.
For more information on the pro bono suite of services offered by Kegler Brown or if you are a breast cancer patient, survivor or the spouse or partner of a patient or survivor, please contact Michelle H. Wong Halabi for a consultation.
Michelle Wong Halabi