OWLS Program: Wills, Trusts & Advance Medical Directives

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estate-planningWills and trusts, power of attorney, and advance medical directives are topics we may wish to postpone thinking about or avoid discussing. But it is in our best interests and in the best interests of our loved ones to address these matters. These topics will be part of upcoming discussions at OWLs (Older Wiser Learners) at all three Fauquier County Public Library branches.  Check our calendar of events for meeting dates and times.

Can’t make the meeting? The library also has material for you to learn about wills, medical directives and related topics at your leisure.

If you are in the information gathering stage and wish to read more about these topics, there are several places in our collection where you can search for books. In the 346 area of our non-fiction section, you can find many general works about wills, trusts and estate planning. These include such informational titles as The Easy Will and Living Will Kit (+CD-ROM): A Simple Plan Everyone Should Have by Joy S. Chambers (2005); How to Make Your Own Simple Will by Mark Warda (2002) and Nolo’s Simple Will Book by Denis Clifford (2005). In this area, you can also find information for estate executors.

Reference staff can assist you in locating titles throughout our non-fiction collection pertaining to advance medical directives, end of life care and the legal documents associated with these subjects. You might be interested in Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally and Emotionally for the End of Life by Jane Brody (2009) or 5@55: The Five Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55 by Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara (2015).

Some of the books in our collection contain reproducible forms and documents, such as Personal Legal Forms Simplified: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Legal Forms by Daniel Sitarz (2011) or The Most Valuable Personal Legal Forms You’ll Ever Need by Mark Warda and James C. Ray (2003). However, when you get to the point when you would like to peruse legal documentation, we have a database of legal forms that is specific to Virginia, comprehensive, and up to date.

You can access the Virginia Legal Forms Library database through the “research” link on the Fauquier County Public Library website under the category of “legal resources.” You may use the database in the library or at home with your library card number. Once in the database, you will see some popular categories right on their homepage, including Power of Attorney and Wills & Estates. You can click on these categories and browse through the forms offered. While library staff cannot offer legal advice, we would be happy to guide you to the location of these forms or look up a specific form for you. Most of the forms are meant to be downloaded and filled out, and most have completed samples available so you can see what the finished form should look like.

The library also offers a selection of downloadable electronic (e-book) titles on these topics. Titles available include Everything Your Heirs Need to Know: Organizing Your Assets, Family History, Final Wishes by David S. Magee and John Ventura (1999) and A Simplified Guide to Creating a Personal Will by Deborah Levine Herman and Robin L. Bodiford (2003). If you need help downloading an e-book title, we can assist you with this and provide you with a “cheat sheet.”

Take charge of your future and encourage your loved ones to do the same! Check out our available resources, and please attend one of our upcoming OWLs programs.

∼Amanda, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library  

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