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Future Planning

Nobody who feels young and healthy wants to think about writing a will or making arrangements for their children. And yet, we’ve all heard tragic stories about someone in a coma or someone who died in an accident leaving no indication of how they wanted things taken care of. If you have HIV and cannot afford a private attorney, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago can help you prepare the documents that will dictate who can speak for you at the hospital and who will inherit your possessions. These documents can also reflect your wishes as to who will look after your children if something happens to you. If you need help deciding on the right future plan for your children, ALCC’s Family Options Program can refer you to a social worker who can assist you with making these important decisions. Even if you don’t have HIV, it’s a good idea to read our legal guides and learn why you should have a will and powers of attorney. If you face situations similar to these below, please contact ALCC at 312-427-8990.

The examples below are typical of the cases we have seen.

  • Doug met Chad and moved into his house years ago. During their time as a couple, Chad never thought he needed a will or powers of attorney. Now he has a serious AIDS-related illness and cannot make decisions for himself. When his sister came to visit she announced her plan to sell Chad’s house so she could move him closer to her. Doug would not be invited to move.
  • Angela has two young children. Over the years she has had multiple medical emergencies that kept her in the hospital. She realizes she can’t always rely on her mother to take care of her children. She’s been thinking about making legal arrangements so that her best friend can become guardian of her children if she is hospitalized again.
  • Barbara has had HIV for several years and she’s never had any health problems. She’s wondering if she should bother doing a will or powers of attorney.

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