Aside from executing an estate plan, there are several things you can do at home to protect yourself and your assets. First, make a list of all of your assets and your debts and let your executor and family know where they can find this list. This list should include all of your bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, stocks, bonds, real estate, and other assets. In addition, it is a good idea to include the names and addresses of anyone to whom you owe money.
Second, it is a good idea to make a list of all of your professional advisors, such as your attorney. Providing your family and professional advisors with this list can help increase communications between all parties, and ensure the proper parties are contacted upon your death, illness, or incapacity.
Third, you should set up a durable power of attorney. A durable power of attorney is a person who is appointed to make property management decisions for you if you become unable to make them yourself. This person is required to act solely in your best interest.
Lastly, you should issue an advanced health care directive. An advanced health care directive is a document that allows an appointed agent to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. Specifically, this document would address your wishes in regards to life sustaining treatment, other health care issues, organ donations, burial instructions, and your funeral arrangements.