If you are thinking about making that long-awaited, well-deserved trip, it is important to make take the necessary precautions, especially with the Covid Delta variant now threatening.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, check out this link and your local health department for the latest travel advice. For international travel, as rules change on a weekly basis, you should check the rules again within seven days before your departure.
Also, pandemic or no pandemic, the following steps are advisable in case something
happens to you during your trip that causes you to be incapacitated:
Creating the Proper Legal Documents
- Financial Power of Attorney (a.k.a Durable Power of Attorney): assigns at least one person you trust to take care of your financial matters
- Medical Powers (a.k.a Advance Medical Directives, Health Care Proxy): name at least one person you trust as an health care advocate in case you can not participate in medical decisions
- Last Will and Testament: Dictates how your assets are distributed after you pass away and can name a guardian to care for your minor children
- Stand alone nomination of guardian for minor children
I remind you that as soon as your child turns 18, parents do not have access to medical information and are no longer the natural health care advocate of their young adult child.
Make sure those you assign in your documents know about it and that your documents are accessible to them.
Refreshing Older Legal Documents
- Every 3-5 years
- If you experience life changes such as divorce, children or grandchildren, a changing financial situation
After checking off the above steps, you can not only travel in physical comfort, but mental as well!
We are here to answer any questions you may have about preparing your advance directive documents and how the legal system can help you plan, for your sake as well as that of your family members.
Yahne Miorini, LL.M.
Our sincere thanks to Tiffany O'Connell of O'Connell Law, LLC in Natick, MA for sharing some info!