You probably aren’t aware that my husband was hospitalized with Lyme carditis this summer. He was just discharged from cardiology and infectious disease on Yom Kippur, so everyone is super healthy right now, but that was not the case in June.
You know what else we did in June? We bought a house. Or, rather, I bought us a house, because he was in the hospital. Thankfully, I had durable power of attorney, a document that allows a person to designate another person to do things like buy or sell property in our stead if we should be incapacitated.
This kind of thing–a rogue hospitalization–can happen to anyone. So can a much worse accident. That’s why I’m going to nag you to get your act together and fill out your growup-papers.
Ideally, you’d do these things with a lawyer, but this is expensive. In a pinch, DIY documents will do the trick. Ask me how I know!
I’m planning to organize two more notary sessions this fall where families can bring their prepared documents and get it all witnessed and notarized. I have a hot tip on a great new location for our collective children to run amuck, too, so you don’t even need to worry about childcare.
Meanwhile, you can hop over to a site like Rocket Lawyer or even check out software from the library. Get started filling out your Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, and Last Will so you’ll be all set for the notary. These papers take some thought (especially if you have children and would like to designate someone to be their guardian should the worst happen).
But let me tell you! The ticks are still out there spreading Lyme in Pittsburgh. Don’t let these buggers derail your real estate plans.
More information is forthcoming! Start your paperwork today, though.
Note: I do not work for Rocket Lawyer, but I just find their forms super user-friendly. They ask you questions like Turbo Tax and you just click and print!