ElderDocx puts a smart and efficient document creation system at your fingertips. It allows you to draft a plethora documents relating to elder law, special needs law, and Veterans benefits law. These documents include various trusts and ancillary documents, powers of attorney, and client letters.
Last week we released an update to ElderDocx and here are a few major additions we wanted highlight:
Annotated Third-Party Supplemental Needs Trust
Some of our other documents, such as the Standalone Will, are already annotated. Now, our Third-Party Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT) is also annotated. What exactly does that mean? If you draft an annotated document, it will contain legal-technical footnotes explaining various trust provisions. This will help you better understand why a provision is included or what exactly it means. The document will also include a client summary box at the beginning of each article that explains in plain terms what that article does. This will help you better explain the document to your clients!
Disposition of Remains
ElderDocx now contains several state statutory Disposition of Remains forms, including those for Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Don’t draft documents in one of those states? Not to worry – we added a nonstatutory Disposition of Remains form, too.
Since you can draft detailed trusts using ElderDocx, you probably have a case load of clients that now need Trustee documents executed. You can now draft these documents using ElderDocx:
- Appointment of Cotrustee
- Appointment of an Independent Trustee
- Trustee Resignation
- Trustee Disclaimer or Release of Powers
- Trustee Delegation/Revocation of Authority
- Trustee Grant/Revocation of Testamentary Power of Appointment
- Trustee Termination
Letter to Client When not Engaging in Asset Protection
So, a client has come in and retained you for some planning, such as drafting powers of attorney, but you also advise them that they could benefit from asset protection planning, such as a EC Medicaid Asset Protection Trust™. If the client declines asset protection planning, you can send them this new letter so that they are aware this type of planning exists and could be beneficial to them. Also, you will have it in writing that you offered asset protection planning to them and they declined.
Changes to the Power of Attorney New York Statutory Short Form
The big news out of New York this month is that their statutory financial power of attorney document had some major changes. Some of those changes include:
- There is no longer an exact wording requirement.
- The statutory Gifts Rider has been eliminated.
- Two witnesses are now required.
- Another person can sign the document, at the direction of and in the presence of the Principal.
Other various provisions of the document were changed as well. Indeed, the form suggests certain provisions for the “Modifications” section of the document. We added these suggestions as interview options, to make drafting easy for you!
While last week’s release made many other new updates to the software, the above are some major changes that we are sure all of our members are excited about. We work hard to ensure that you have a state-of-the-art drafting system to best serve you and your clients. We keep up with changes in state and federal law, so you can rest easy knowing you are good hands. Contact us today to learn more about ElderDocx.