HSE partner, Martin W. O’Toole, was featured in a recent Buffalo Business First article titled, “More People Are Asking About End-Of-Life Documents but They’re Slow to Get Moving on Them, Attorneys Say.” The article states that while no one is ever truly prepared for a death in the family, the pandemic has highlighted the need to be as prepared as possible with end-of-life plans, which has caused a surge in estate planning. Martin states, “you want to have a checklist of things that someone does or doesn’t want to have happens in the event that an EMT gets summoned to the house.” The checklist is a “MOLST” (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). He mentions that the most important document in many instances is the power of attorney, which is designed to help manage assets and pay bills in case of a catastrophic event or illness that affects cognitive ability. The power will avoid the need for a guardianship proceeding.
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