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God forbid you have an accident or medical emergency and you’re unable to make decisions about your health – or that you become generally incapacitated, fall into a coma, or that you must be kept alive by artificial life support.
A Health Care Directive (also called a Living Will or Health Care Proxy) is a legal document that allows you to appoint a person you trust to make health care decisions on your behalf if you cannot communicate your decisions on your own.
It is very important to make your intentions known to everyone BEFORE you suffer a critical illness, disability, or incapacity. The Health Care Directive contains your wishes and preferences about health care, including your moral and religious values when it comes to end-of-life issues.
Your health care representative has to act in good faith and in your best interest, including acting in compliance with your religious faith. Signing a Health Care Directive ensures your wishes are followed. It also protects your family, so that they do not have to make these difficult decisions for you.
Do you want your family to follow Islamic principles for these end-of-life issues? Then you MUST have a health care directive with your specific wishes and preferences about health care. It must include your moral and religious values for end-of-life issues. With this directive in place, physicians and your family are required to follow your wishes.
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If you don’t have a Health Care Directive and, God forbid, you become incapacitated and cannot communicate your own decisions regarding your health care, then your family becomes responsible for those health care decisions.
What's worse, if your family members cannot agree on health care decisions for you, they may be forced to litigate the matter in court, which would allow a judge to make the decision for you. With a Health Care Directive, you can save your family from fighting about your care and ending up in a hurtful court battle.
Further, if you do not have a Health Care Directive and an trusted health care representative, your doctors may not know to perform Shari'a-compliant health care solutions for you. To ensure your health care is in line with your moral and religious values, you must sign a Health Care Directive for your physicians to follow.
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A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to act on your behalf in financial and legal matters. The person you appoint can act on your behalf while you are alive or if you become incompetent.
There are many reasons for having a Power of Attorney. For example, a member of the military being deployed overseas, leaving behind their families, should have a power of attorney. He or she needs to appoint someone to act on their behalf to handle certain legal, financial and familial affairs while they are deployed. A child moving to college is another example, for the same reasons. A person that travels for work often should have a Power of Attorney appointing a trusted person to attend to his affairs in the event of long absences.
Further, If you are in retirement or have health issues, a Power of Attorney makes life so much easier for your loved ones to attend to your affairs - including paying bills, dealing with medical insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare offices, and everything in between.
Our Power of Attorney is affordable, and quick and easy to prepare. Use our POWER OF ATTORNEY (HYPERLINK) software to appoint a representative to handle your affairs in your absence or in case you become incapacitated.
Making a Sharia-Compliant will does not require a schedule of assets, but you should appoint an executor who is familiar with your financial portfolio. Your assets at the time of your death may not be the same assets at the time you made your will. The Islamic inheritance system is a default fixed share system. All of the eligible assets you owned at the time of your death will become part of your Estate. Your executor will gather them and distribute them to your Islamic heirs as contained in your will. The distribution may include selling all or part of your assets. The proceeds from the sale will be distributed to the benefit of all beneficiaries according to their Islamic inheritance share. If you live in a community property state (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin), you are required to prepare a schedule of assets as part of your estate plan in order to clarity and identify the type of ownership title for each asset: (i) husband’s separate property; (ii) wife’s separate property; (iii) the parties’ joint property/community property.
Shariawiz is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. If you have a complex estate, you should retain a lawyer. If you require complex estate planning expertise or just want to retain an attorney to handle the drafting of your estate plan, email us at help@shariawiz.com. We will provide you with the contact information of several estate planning law firms for you to consult about your matter.
A joint will that is also called a “mirror will,” “mutual will,” or “reciprocal will” is a will that may be executed by a married couple to ensure that their property is disposed of identically at time of death. In a standard joint will, the wife and husband make identical wills that provide when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse receives everything, and when both of them pass away, the estate would be left to their children or other beneficiaries. Except for your spouse, American law allows you to leave your estate to anyone, and for the most part you are free to disinherit any family member (with a few exceptions in some states).

The Sharī‘a, on the other hand, is a fixed share system. You have restrictions on the distribution of your estate. The Sharī‘a has certain gender-specific obligations and the inheritance rights of each spouse's beneficiaries are different. For example, the parents of one spouse are not the legal heirs of the other spouse. The inheritance distribution of each spouse is also different. For these reasons, the Sharī‘a does not permit a person to leave his entire estate to the surviving spouse. For this fundamental reason, a joint will would violate the requirements of the Sharī‘a.

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