A trustee takes legal ownership of the assets held by a trust and assumes fiduciary responsibility for managing those assets and carrying out the purposes of the trust.
This is your “general power of attorney”, which is primarily intended to give your named agent(s) the power to deal with any non-trust assets in the event of your incapacity.
A will doesn’t mean your heirs avoid probate. They still need to go through the court system to have the will reviewed and confirmed as valid.
This directive gives your named agents the power to make medical decisions, sign consents and/or releases with hospitals.
The HIPAA Authorization and Waiver is a “stand-alone” document to authorize your health care providers to release information concerning your otherwise confidential medical information to your designated agents.
Our office provides along with the trust: a will, general power of attorney, health care directive, and a HIPAA authorization and waiver. To find out more about what is provided, you can contact our office at 559-323-9400.
A will is a legal document that expresses a person’s wishes as to how their property is to be distributed after their death and as to which person is to manage the property until its final distribution. However, this does not avoid probate.