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Perhaps it would be wise to visit an estate planning attorney before traveling to other countries.

It might be prudent to consider the worst case scenarios and speak with an estate planning attorney before traveling to foreign nations, according to the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog in “So You’re Going on a Trip.”

In all likelihood, nothing bad will happen to you while you are in a foreign country. The odds are in your favor.

However, the world can be a dangerous place and it is important to make sure you have your general affairs in order, just in case.

At a minimum, you will want to get a general durable power of attorney and a health care proxy so if you are injured or get sick on your trip, someone else has the legal authority to handle your day to day affairs.

It is also a good idea to get a full estate plan so your family is taken care of,  just in case the worst happens.

You should not be afraid to go to a foreign country on vacation, but you should prepare as if you are.

An estate planning attorney can advise you on creating an estate plan that fits your particular circumstances, which may include foreign travel.

Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (July 31, 2017) “So You’re Going on a Trip.”

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Mr. Amoruso concentrates his practice on Elder Law, Comprehensive Estate Planning, Asset Preservation, Estate Administration and Guardianship.