I receveived a call from a man needing a power of attorney for his son. By the time the call got past, 'hello,' he was in tears and audibly shook up. His son was in route from the hospital to his home where he would be put on hospice until he passed away. Unfortunately, his son did not have any of his estate plannining in order but was faced with a sudden illness and needed his parents help in managing his finances. Thankfully, the family lived only a couple blocks from the office. So I was able to meet them within 24 hours of the phone call. Although coherent, alert and complacent, processing the power of attorney they so despeartely needed was not something this family should have been faced with during this time. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to get everything processed during his final moments. A power of attorney is only effective while you are living. Life events happen when we least expect them. It is best to prepare now.