Advance Healthcare Directive

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An Advance Healthcare Directive is now the legally recognized format for a living will in California and allows you to do more than the traditional living will. A living will only states your desire to decline life-sustaining treatment if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious.

An Advance Healthcare Directive allows you to state your wishes –- allowing you to refuse or accept life-sustaining treatment in various situations.

The Importance of an Advance Healthcare Directive

An Advance Healthcare Directive also can be used to state your desires about your healthcare in any situation in which you are unable to make your own decisions, not just if you are in a coma or are terminally ill. In addition, an Advance Healthcare Directive allows you to appoint someone you trust to speak for you when you are incapacitated.

The Advance Healthcare Directive has also replaced the Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare (or “DPAHC”) as the legally recognized document for appointing a health care agent in California. The Advance Healthcare Directive allows you to do more than a DPAHC. An Advance Healthcare Directive permits you not only to appoint an agent, but also to give instructions about your own health care. You can now do either or both of these things.

An Advance Healthcare Directive is valid forever, unless you revoke it or state in the form a specific date on which you want it to expire.

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Description of Will Documents
(Notary fees additional)
Price
Will (individual)$125
Codicil to Will$85
Will package (individual) includes Will, Healthcare Directive and Financial Power of Attorney$250
Will package (couple) includes 2 Wills, 2 Healthcare Directives and 2 Financial Powers of Attorney$399
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Trust or Restatement of Trust (couple)
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Description of Trust Documents
(Notary fees additional)
Price
Trust or Restatement of Trust (Individual)
Trust or Trust Restatement only
$275
Trust or Restatement of Trust Package (Individual)
Includes Trust, Pour-over Will, Certificate of Trust, Healthcare Directive, Financial Power of Attorney and estate folder
$499
Trust or Restatement of Trust Package (Couple)
Includes joint trust, 2 Pour-over Wills, Certificate of Trust, 2 Healthcare Directives, 2 Financial Powers of Attorney and estate folder
$650
Special Needs Trust
Designed for beneficiaries with physical or mental disabilities.
$700
AB Trust
Same documents as Trust above but as joint AB Trust
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Description of Individual Documents
(Notary fees additional)
Price
Will$125
Healthcare Directive$125
Financial Power of Attorney$125
Codicil to Will$85
Trust Amendment$200
Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership (California property)$200
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property)$275
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare)$275
Other ServicesCall for Quote