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Advanced Directive/Living Will & Durable Power of Attorney 43 79.63%
Revocable Trust 22 40.74%
Last Will 52 96.30%
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:36 PM   #21
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How am I supposed to create any of these documents when I have no local friends or family?
And I can't make non-relatives beneficiaries without their SSN.
Rant: What is 'family'?
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How am I supposed to create any of these documents when I have no local friends or family?
And I can't make non-relatives beneficiaries without their SSN.
Rant: What is 'family'?

I have left people money in my will without their SSN. Family is whoever you are close to related or not .
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:50 PM   #23
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How am I supposed to create any of these documents when I have no local friends or family?
Well, you'd still want to create the medical directive for the doctor and the hospital to read. And you want a will for the probate court to read, or otherwise they'll dispose of your assets according to their laws instead of to your preferences.

My Dad actually had medical directives on file with the local hospital and, of course, his local doctor. When he showed up in the ER the clerical staff were able to track down the paperwork.

On the trust and the POA: maybe you don't have to care.

If you end up in the hospital with a coma, or in a care facility with dementia, the probate court will eventually appoint you a guardian and a conservator. You'd want to arrange for someone to take care of pets, houseplants, and real estate in the meantime since it could take a few weeks to get on the court docket.

I suspect that the hospital staff would eventually figure out that you didn't have any contacts, and they'd let the local police know that your house was unoccupied.

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And I can't make non-relatives beneficiaries without their SSN.
If I got that excuse from a lawyer then I'd get a new lawyer. There has to be some way to draw up a confidential bequest.
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The elders I'm related to by genome & marriage are even cheaper than me. REWahoo! would be shocked to find that I'm regarded as the Ohana Nords spendthrift.
Wow! I suppose that means you have to provide the carrier pigeon enough food for flights in both directions.

Edit: The poll doesn't allow me to vote for "none of the above". I can't vote with empty checkboxes.
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IMHO a Revocable Living Trust is well worth the cost. Those who do not have one at this time should at least evaluate the pros and cons of establishing one.
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