There are kits for purchase and instructions on-line dealing with how to prepare for an emergency.  These kits include essentials such as water, food, first aid supplies, flashlights and cash.  Two items commonly overlooked when preparing for an emergency are (1) a durable medical power of attorney; and (2) a general power of attorney.  What happens if your spouse is severally injured in a car accident and is incapacitated?  Does anyone have the authority to become his/her surrogate decision maker for health care matters? Do you have the ability to access funds that may only be in his/her name?   Read our previous blog to see a description of five critical estate planning documents everyone should have.  Let us help you prepare for an emergency. if you would like to discuss your estate planning needs, please contact our Business Law Group partner, David A. Closson at [email protected].