Joe Cordell speaking into a microphone for ElderTalk podcast

Attorney-CPA Joe Cordell and co-host Susan Arthur discuss the necessity of having documents in place, in order to feel secure with your future plans.

Joe talks about the unpredictable emergencies that can come up in life and how having health care directives is necessary way to protect yourself from the uncertainty of the future no matter what your age may be. He talks about the necessity of having the authority in place, to make decisions when someone may be incompetent or away at college.

Joe distinguishes between a Power of Attorney, health care durable Power of Attorney, and a living will. He also talks about the idea that multiple people can be put in positions of authority, named in a directive. He talks about why trusts are necessary for those who have a durable Power of Attorney.

Joe and Susan take a listener question about circumventing spousal authority when it comes to “Do Not Resuscitate” orders.

Having Papers in Place [Episode 75]