Friday, August 23, 2019

5 Legal Documents You Want In Your Home

If you have never spoken with a lawyer about the details needed for family law and estate planning, it may feel a bit overwhelming. In fact, a majority of households in the United States are missing some vital pieces of paper in their home because it seems like it would take too much time, cost too much money, or don’t know where to start. A study by showed that 57% of U.S. adults do not currently have estate planning documents. Another study by the same group showed that more than 50% of Americans have talked about estate planning, but fewer than half have done anything about it. However, more and more millennials are putting importance on creating a will or a living trust.

A will seems like the most popular types, but several other documents could be important to have in your home, depending on your place in life. Here are a few documents that may be important to have in your home.


This is generally going to be at the top of the list, no matter your age, position, job, marital status, or how many kids you have. If you have real estate, other property, minor children, or assets, you will need a will. If you think this covers pretty much everyone, you are right.

Living Will or Healthcare Directive

A living will or healthcare directive allows you to dictate in advance what type of medical care you do (or do not) wish to receive if something happens to you. This is becoming an increasingly popular and important document for individuals.

Power of Attorney

This is a document that will give the person that you choose the authority to represent you. They can use this in legal, financial, or personal matters.

Babysitter Authorization

Do you leave your children somewhat regularly with a caretaker? Have a lawyer prepare an authorization form which you can give your caretaker. This provides them with the power to authorize emergency care for the child in the parent’s absence. HIPPA and medical malpractice suits have made hospitals reluctant to treat children in the absence of their parents.

Prenuptial Agreement

In Missouri, studies have shown that men marry by 28.3 and women marry by 26.9 on average. This means that the individuals have most likely accumulated assets before marriage. If so, you may want to consider having your Lake of the Ozarks lawyer prepare a prenup to help minimize acrimony in case of divorce. Other studies show there were 3.1 divorces for every 1,000 people in 2017 in Missouri.

Being Prepared

You can’t know what is going to happen over your lifetime, and while you can’t necessarily prepare for it, you can do your best. Having a family lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you prepare your estate, make plans for your family, and make it easier on those you love in hard moments. If you are ready to take the plunge and get your affairs in order, Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. We can help you draw up documents to keep in your home, and in other safe locations so that your desires are known in those unexpected situations.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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