A 25-year-old participating in last week's ESPN's X-Games suffered fatal injuries in a sustained crash while attempting a trick by snowmobile. The crash and the severity of the complications that arose from it highlight the extreme dangers that young people are often putting themselves in when seeking the ultimate thrill and glory in competition and in life.
In the event that something like Alzheimer's disease occurs to you and you are unable to act adequately on your own behalf, do you have the protections in place to safeguard your desires for your New Jersey estate and your affairs? If not, you should seek to create a durable power of attorney to avoid having the courts appoint a guardian on your behalf.
In our previous post, we began looking at durable powers of attorney and how they match up to guardianships. A power of attorney is a document giving another individual the legal authority to act on one's behalf. The scope of that authority can be general or specific, limited to a particular asset, transaction or period of time. Another feature of powers of attorney is that they can be made effective immediately or upon incapacity.
In early May, attorneys for the aging actress Zsa Zsa Gabor were set to appear in court for a hearing as to whether the aging celebrity should have independent management of her finances and health care. The hearing was requested by Gabor's daughter Constance Francesca Hilton, who feels it is necessary for her to have a conservatorship, though her husband Frederic von Anhalt apparently opposes the request.
Advance care directives are detailed requests for specific medical treatment, or the withholding of certain treatment, in the event that you become disabled and are not capable of giving such direction.