Who Will Make Important Decisions For You When You Are Unable To Do So?

Typically, people think that creating an estate plan consists entirely of planning for the disposition of your assets after your death. However, there is another critical aspect of estate planning - incapacity planning.

Who would you want to care for your person and manage your assets if you were unable to do so? What many consider as unlikely or impossible events may strike at any moment. A tragic auto accident or a serious illness may strike at any time and you will want a plan in place to deal with these eventualities.

Experience And Service

At the Law Offices of Dean C. Werst our attorneys have combined experience of over 50 years helping families in West Linn and the greater Portland Metropolitan area deal with lack of capacity and diminished capacity issued. From our comfortable office in a Victorian Heritage home in the Willamette District of West Linn we can offer you individualized, personal, and compassionate legal advice and services

Making Your Wishes Clear

By now, you have probably heard stories of family conflicts that arise when a loved one is on life-support and family members cannot agree on what is the best course of treatment. Should life-support be cut off or should a family member be required to live on life-support for the next several months — or years? This is exactly the type of conflict that can be avoided through the use of an advance directive.

An Oregon advance directive allows you to appoint a health care representative to make a medical decision if you are incapacitated due to a sudden accident or illness. A durable power of attorney is another legal document that appoints someone to make financial decisions on your behalf. With progressive diseases like Alzheimer's disease or dementia, an advance directive and durable power of attorney can also avoid the need for a guardianship hearing.

Advance Planning That Goes A Long Way

With some advance planning you can ensure and eliminate some issues for loved ones who may be caught off guard when something happens to you. Our lawyers can help you complete a Durable Power of Attorney and Advance Directive that accomplishes your goals.

Our consultations are affordable and we are able to meet with you at our office or your home. To schedule a time to speak with an attorney at our firm, please 503-342-2389, or send us a message.