What is the Difference?

handshake_businessman_refferal_lawyer-300x138Group legal plans will offer services that help employees manage everyday legal situations. For example, the vendors will assist in drafting simple wills and living wills. Sometimes, the language could be more straightforward. For example, a plan member might need help figuring out who is an executor instead of someone who has medical powers of attorney since both are legal positions. Here are the differences.

Areas of Authority

An executor and a personal medical powers of attorney have the primary task of carrying out an individual’s wishes. The responsibilities are different. An executor of a simple will begins their duties after that person has died. On the other hand, the individual with medical powers of attorney is responsible for making medical decisions on behalf of someone who cannot make the decisions for themselves. The latter has no authority to distribute the assets of a medically incapacitated individual.


Primary Duties

The executor will file a will with the probate court in the deceased’s jurisdiction. The executor will also collect and manage the assets until the distribution. The executor will pay any outstanding debts and taxes owed by the deceased, taking the money from the estate to do these tasks. The executor also notifies creditors of the deceased person’s death.

The distribution is in accordance with instructions left in the will, and the executor follows those directions. For example, assets may need to be sold or divided, and the executor distributes the assets promptly and fairly. In addition, the executor settles disputes over the will or estate.

The individual with medical powers of attorney is responsible for making healthcare decisions on behalf of another person who is medically incapacitated and unable to make the decisions. Is responsible for making healthcare decisions, communicating with healthcare providers, advocating for, and making end-of-life decisions.

The healthcare decisions on medical treatments, procedures, and surgeries. What is important is that those decisions are aligned with the incapacitated person’s wishes, and decisions need to be made in that person’s best interests. Medical powers of attorney enable the holder to communicate directly with healthcare providers to guarantee an individual’s requests are being carried out. The holder will also advocate for the individual.


Countrywide Offers Both 

Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services will draft simple wills and living wills for group legal plan members. Medical powers of attorney are part of the living will. We rely on the professional work of a nationwide network of lawyers who will perform the services required.

We have a lawyer in the community of every Countrywide client organization. A group legal plan member can quickly get a conference with a Countrywide attorney and expect to be treated respectfully and courteously. Pre-paid legal services are only sometimes easy to understand. Our legal professionals have superior communication skills and will explain everything. All questions are encouraged and answered. A plan member can be assured their concerns will be handled professionally.

Clients are involved in designing their group legal plan. We explain our pre-paid legal services to the decision-makers, who make selections to be included in the final plan document. In addition, Countrywide will provide administration and superior member services. Our benefit has several options that can be part of a comprehensive employee benefit.

The condition of a group legal plan member determines if an executor or personal medical powers of attorney is used. This is in the case of an already deceased individual, and the medical powers of attorney apply to someone still alive. Whatever the case, assistance will be expertly furnished. All documents are legally tight and binding. There are no errors.

If you want to know more about our pre-paid legal services, please contact us at your convenience. Countrywide is ready to be of service, and we welcome any questions you have.