My grandma is 98 years old…. or should I say 98 years YOUNG!? She called last week to tell me about a great article in the LA Times. It’s about dying on YOUR TERMS. In fact, the headline in the paper was “Dying on your Own Terms” and the headline online is “How to Help Ensure you Die on your Own Terms.” You get the point though. Here’s a link to that article. LINK.
Though very healthy at 98 she is a realist. She’s 98 for gosh sakes! Stuff happens and she is aware of it. She has been saying for 20 years that all her friends are dying. So, at her request, I am sending her a few extra copies of the article to share around her care home.
No this is not as good as meeting with an attorney and getting a proper document made up. However, if you are in a pinch and need a document fast this should work. Here is the link to the UCSF Medical Center Advanced Health Care Directive. It would work anywhere in California and probably anywhere in the country. Make your wishes known!
What documents should your California living trust package have? A lot of clients think a trust is the only document. However, it’s not. Far from it! There are a number of documents that a properly prepared California revocable “living” trust package should have. Here is a brief summary of each:
California Revocable Living Trust – The main document for sure.
Schedule of Assets – Typically attached to the trust but sometimes a separate document showing what assets are “in” the trust.
Pour Over Will – Yes, you still need a will. It’s very basic.
Nomination of Guardians – If you have minors you need a document to appoint guardians. It can be in in your will or a separate document.