Why is estate planning important?
A will helps prevent family disputes, protects your property from scams, and lets you decide who will own your home and belongings when you die. It can also lay out how your children will be cared for.
A healthcare power of attorney and a living will allow you to appoint an “agent” to make medical decisions for you and allows you to tell doctors ahead of time what medical treatment you would like for your end-of-life care.
A financial power of attorney allows you to appoint an “agent” to handle your financial affairs and prevents loved ones from needing to go through a court process to become your guardian if you become incapacitated.
A Philadelphia VIP volunteer attorney may be able to help you create a will and other estate planning documents free of charge if you meet these criteria:
- You are an essential worker who reports, or could be called to report, in person to a healthcare work setting;
- You work or live in Philadelphia; and
- Your total pre-tax household income does not exceed 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, detailed below:
- For a household of one person, your monthly pre-tax income should not exceed $4,254.
- For two people: $5,748.
- For three people: $7,241.
- For four people: $8,734.
- For five people: $10,228.
- For six people: $11,721.
If you meet these criteria, please fill out the form below. Philadelphia VIP will call or email you within a few weeks to discuss your eligibility for assistance with a will and/or other estate planning documents.
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