Advanced Directives and Basic Estate Planning

Intake, Information and Resources

Legal Aid will continue to provide free assistance to qualifying individuals with Advanced Directives and Basic Estate Planning during the Co-vid 19 crisis. To request assistance, complete an on-line intake form and someone will contact you by phone.  We will do our best to meet the needs of eligible individuals who request services. Please keep in mind, however, that Legal Aid’s current operations are remote with reduced capacity, so response time may be delayed.

Free or low cost self-help resources are available:

Advanced Directives

Free Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Living Will forms and instructions are available from the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services website. Forms are available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Vietnamese. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/advdirectives/index.htm

Information about advanced directives can be found here:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/guide/end-life-planning.htm

When creating a power of attorney, it is very important to pick an agent that you trust.  Please be sure to read through and follow all of the instructions before signing any power of attorney or living will as you are creating a legal document. Be sure that you sign the document in front of two disinterested witnesses, which means (in part) no family members or health care providers can be witnesses.  You can revoke these documents at any time.

 

Wisconsin Basic Will

It is important to consider whether you will need a will to pass on your property, especially if you own a home, pension or have other assets, like a savings account or valuables. It is recommended that you seek the advice of an attorney to determine what type of planning best suits your needs. However, free information about basic estate planning questions can be found on the State Bar of Wisconsin website: https://www.wisbar.org/forpublic/ineedinformation/pages/wills-estate-planning.aspx

You can find a basic will form in Wisconsin Statute 853.55 available at this link: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/853/II/55

Low cost basic will forms can be purchased online from Wisconsin Legal Blank for $15.95. https://wilegalblank.com/collections/wills

 

The above information and referrals are for general information purposes only and not intended to be legal advice or representation.