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The Survivor’s Guide: XXX-Assisting your parents or loved ones by documenting their Wishes

Support your parents and loved ones by registering their Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will documents with the Advance Health Care Directive Registry (“Registry”) located in the Office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina.  Before your parents may require hospitalization it is a good idea to have your parents detail their wishes regarding the end-of-life documents.
Having completed the documents where should these important papers be stored to safeguard and protect them.
The advantage of registering the documents with the “Registry” includes accessing the documents on the internet quickly when needed, thereby, you or your parents or loved ones will not need to carry any documents  wherever you or they may go or travel. Another advantage is that the “Registry” does not require social security numbers or date of birth for identification of the owner to access the documents. 
A unique file number and password is given to each individual.  This avoids any unauthorized person from obtaining your private information.
The “Registry” provides two wallet sized Registry cards with each document that is filed in the “Registry”.  It is important for your parents and loved ones to tell their family, their medical providers, and their attorney about their health care directives and their wishes. It is wise for them to carry the Registry Card in their wallet or purse and keep the second one in a place known to family or others as designated.  Documents at the “Registry” are accessible over the Internet.
To access the specific documents, a person must enter the unique file number and password assigned to them. Documents, file numbers, passwords and other information in the “Registry” are confidential and not subject to public disclosure. North Carolina law mandates the Office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina to protect this information from unauthorized disclosure. Currently the “Registry” charges a fee of Ten Dollars ($10) for registering each document.  The fee includes the two Registry Cards per document.  From the office of: Sharon A. Hatton Law Office P.C., 321 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC  28401 Telephone: 910-772-9455.
http://WillsUCanTrust.com.  Send questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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