WillsYou can legally write your own will:
If you write it in your own handwriting and sign it then it is legal. Be sure to number each page and to initial at the begining of the first and after the last paragraph on EACH page.
If you type it or fill in the blank wills must have two signatures on it as witnesses to your signature and they can not be people named in the will or related to you.
WillA written and signed statement, made by an individual, which provides for the disposition of their property when they die. (See also codicil and probate.)
Living willA document that sets out guidelines for dealing with life-sustaining medical procedures in the eventuality of the signatory's sudden debilitation. Living wills would, for example, inform medical staff not to provide extraordinary life-preserving procedures on their bodies if they are incapable of expressing themselves and suffering from an incurable and terminal condition.
Power of attorney
A document which gives a person the right to make binding decisions for another, as an agent. A power of attorney may be specific to a certain kind of decision or general, in which the agent makes all major decisions for the person who is the subject of the power of attorney. The person signing the power of attorney is usually referred to, in law, as the donor and the person that would exercise the power of attorney, the donee. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT a POWER OF ATTORNEY BE DONE BY A LAWYER!
Will, Living Will and Power of Attorney forms:
Instruction on filling out forms for your will, living will and power of attorney:
Form for instructions on final wishes (eg. where documents are held)