Planning Ahead: Legal Documents

Have these three documents in place:

  •  A will.  (Maine has a Statutory Will Form.  You can buy a copy for $1.00 at any county courthouse or download here.     What happens if you die without a will in Maine?  Read this.
  • Advance Directives:  Compassion and Choices   offers easy access to the form for any state AND great advice about filling them out.  Make sure the people you have nominated to make decisions for you know what you want by taking the Healthcare Decisions Quiz.

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affairs, or, for example, adding the name of a trusted person to your checking account, some way to allow someone else to pay bills and depoait checks.  Take a look at

Maine Legal Services for the Elderly gives free advice on non-criminal matters to Mainers over 60.