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An important part of estate planning is to provide instructions for your family as to what you want done in the event you are unable to make medical decisions on your behalf.

One of the greatest gifts an individual can give his family is to provide clear instructions as to your desires as to what to do if you are incapacitated.

A Health Care Directive is a separate document which allows an individual to designate someone who can make your medical decisions. It authorizes the designee to communicate with your health care providers relative to whether medical treatment and life-sustaining measures should be invoked or refused.

For nontraditional couples, this document may grant your partner visitation rights and control over the medical decisions that need to be made.

Sandra Woolcock concentrates her practice in trusts and estates, wealth transfer, estate planning, estate administration and probate, guardianship, special needs and dispute resolution arising from complex New Jersey Wills. She seeks to maximize the goals of estate owners including limiting tax liability, avoiding or minimizing probate court involvement, and in anticipating and planning for issues affecting estate transfer.

Ms. Woolcock is also an experienced real estate lawyer representing both buyers and sellers in New Jersey. She has over seventeen years of experience as a practicing New Jersey lawyer. Prior to opening her office, she worked for one of the largest insurance companies in the United States where she was responsible for estate and tax planning, asset management and trust services.

Ms. Woolcock is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School.