July 01, 2013

Why Lawyers Need (But Don’t Have) Advance Directives

Melanie Bragg

Lawyers are busy—busy solving problems, cleaning up other people’s messes, trying to get paid a fair wage, keeping up with new laws and ever-changing technology. It is no wonder why many of us neglect to take care of our own estates and fail to draft the most important documents in our lives. Many lawyers are like the cobbler with no shoes when it comes to estate planning and drafting advance health care directives. Even if you are on top of this for yourself, keep reading; you will still learn something you can share. In this article I will spell out the “3L Secret Strategy” to discuss the subject of advance directives with your family members, your friends, and your clients. This is a general discussion and is not intended to cover all aspects of the subject or to apply to each state. My goal is to give you a strategy that will calm any fears you (or your clients) may have about executing these crucial documents.

 

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