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Preplanning for your funeral home needs in Jacksonville, FL is one way to prepare for your eventual passing. Another way is to gather and prepare these five important documents, so your loved ones are not left with the task all on their own after you’re gone.
1. Will – Your will is a document that states who will receive your assets and belongings after you pass. Wills must meet some important criteria to be valid, so it’s always a good idea to consult an attorney. Make sure your will:
You can also draw up a living will in the event you become incapacitated in some way. Different than a POA or a will, a living will allows you to lay out your end of life wishes in the event you become terminally ill.
2. Healthcare Power of Attorney – A healthcare power of attorney (POA) document appoints someone to make your medical decisions for you if you ever become unable. This document is good to have in the event of any medical problems from terminal illnesses and loss of brain function to temporary unconsciousness. Choose someone you trust to be your healthcare POA. Some states require a POA to be notarized with additional witnesses, but all states require the document to be signed by all involved parties.
3. HIPAA Release – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) stipulate that all medical records are confidential between the patient and the healthcare provider. If you want a family member to have access to your records in case you pass away or become incapacitated, you need to fill out and sign a HIPPAA Release form.
4. ICE Book of Important Documents – While an in case of emergency (ICE) book isn’t a formal document, it’s a major help for families to gain access to important documents when a loved one passes away or is incapacitated. Make one and keep it in a secure yet obvious place in the event of your death. Include documents in your ICE book like:
Schnauss North East Florida Funeral Home and Cremation Services is here to help if you have any more questions about these documents, or about Jacksonville, FL funeral homes in general. Please stop by and visit us today or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss or of preplanning.