Estate planning documents are essential if you wish to protect your assets & loved ones. It includes Advance Healthcare Directives, Power of Attorney, Maryland Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Trusts, Last Will & Testament, and Special Needs Planning.
It does not matter how much forethought you put into distributing your assets, or how expensive it was to draft your will or trust if the people bound by these documents do not know what they contain, or potentially that they even exist.
Estate planning is all about five essential documents. Documents drafted 30, 20, or even 10 years ago may need updating. Major life events such as marriage, the birth of children, or starting a new business, all have serious estate planning considerations.
Most people want to help their parents as they age. However, and in addition to potential Medicaid penalties, there is a large risk many adult children do not consider when loaning their parents large sums for temporary financial support: the state may take the money instead of allowing them to be paid back.