Santa Fe New Mexican
Planning takes care of your loved ones Make sure your legal documents are in one place, including your will, disability insurance, bank statements, veteran benefits (if applicable), pensions, longterm care insurance, copies of medical records and prescription information, and Social Security information. Important services should be listed in both you and your spouse or partner’s name: • House/mortgage • Vehicles • Phone service • Security/alarm services • Utilities • Retirement • Insurance Standard written will This legal document specifies how your possessions will be distributed after your death and names an executor to carry out your wishes. Your will must be written (no digital-only wills allowed in New Mexico), and signed by you and a witness together. You don’t have to create a will with an attorney. Power of attorney This legal document allows you to choose a person to take care of important matters for you, such as your finances and estate planning. Visit lopdnm.us and look under “Forms” to download a power of attorney form. Federal resources • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides information about Medicare costs and services: Contact 800-MEDICARE or medicare.gov. • U.S. Health and Human Services Department can provide information about preventative care coverage and pre-existing conditions: hhs.gov. • Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to qualified individuals, 800-772-1213 or look up disability benefits at ssa.gov.