Estate Planning With a Terminal Illness

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When faced with a terminal illness, one of the most compassionate and responsible acts an individual can undertake is estate planning. In addition to ensuring the honoring of their final wishes, this crucial process provides invaluable support and guidance for their loved ones during a challenging time.

At Filippi Law Firm, we understand the unique complexities and sensitivities involved in estate planning for terminal illnesses. Our extensive estate planning knowledge allows us to offer tailored guidance and support, empowering you to make informed decisions and secure your legacy with compassion and professionalism.

These are some of the essential documents your attorney may include in your comprehensive estate plan.

1. Will: A will, the cornerstone of any estate plan, dictates how an individual’s assets and belongings should be distributed upon their passing. Our law firm ensures that every client’s will reflects their desires and provides clarity on inheritance matters.

2. Power of Attorney (POA): Granting a trusted person the authority to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf is crucial in the event that you become incapacitated. We assist in establishing a durable power of attorney to safeguard our clients’ interests.

3. Healthcare Proxy and Living Will: Deciding on medical care and treatment preferences is a deeply personal and essential aspect of estate planning, particularly with a terminal illness. Our attorneys take the time to understand each client’s wishes, helping them draft a healthcare proxy and living will that articulates their desires regarding pain relief, end-of-life care, and other critical medical decisions.

4. HIPAA Authorization: In an age where privacy and confidentiality are paramount, granting authorized individuals access to medical records becomes vital. Through HIPAA authorizations, we ensure clear communication of our clients’ healthcare wishes while respecting their privacy.

Thoughtful Considerations for Care and Comfort
In addition to securing the necessary legal documents, we guide our clients through important considerations related to their care and comfort with a terminal illness:

Care Facilities: Exploring preferences for care at home, in a hospice facility, or within a hospital while ensuring that the necessary legal and logistical arrangements are in place.

Pain Management: Discussing and documenting preferences for pain relief, including specific medications, therapies, and comfort measures.

End-of-Life Decisions: Providing support for clients as they articulate their desires regarding life-sustaining treatments, resuscitation attempts, and other critical end-of-life determinations.

We recognize that estate planning with a terminal illness demands a delicate balance of legal expertise and genuine compassion. Our team is committed to alleviating our clients’ and their families’ burdens during a challenging period. By choosing our firm, you can anticipate the following benefits:

Comprehensive Guidance: We work closely with clients to ensure that their estate plans encompass all necessary documents and reflect their individualized needs and wishes.

Personalized Support: Our attorneys offer individuals and their families empathetic and considerate support, guaranteeing that no question remains unanswered and no concern remains unaddressed.

Professional Legal Advice: With a deep understanding of estate planning laws and regulations, we navigate complex legal matters, tailoring estate plans to align with our clients’ specific circumstances.

At Filippi Law Firm, we stand ready to provide the essential legal support and guidance needed to ensure peace of mind during life’s most challenging moments. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in creating a comprehensive estate plan that upholds your wishes and secures your legacy.

Satisfied Client Stories


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Jenn helped us with a trust account for my parents. She is very polite and thorough at doing her job she answered every question. My parents had and made them feel very welcome there. If we ever had to use the office again, we would .

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Very detailed in redoing our trust. I would definitely refer my friends to them.

Peg H. | Citrus Heights, CA

I was referred to Filippi Law Firm from another client, who was very happy with their services. I very thankful for the guidance given, for my “Trustee Role” for my Uncle’s Estate. It went smoothly, from start to finish.

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