COVID-19 has forced many of us to think about healthcare in new ways. As a result, you may be wondering about healthcare from an estate planning perspective. Many people do not realize it, but an advance healthcare directive is one of the most important estate planning documents you can create. Read on to learn more about creating an advance healthcare directive in Michigan.

What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?

An advance healthcare directive is a document that details your wishes for your end-of-life care. In your advance healthcare directive, you can:

  • Authorize loved ones to obtain medical records in emergency situations
  • Indicate whether the document is effective immediately or upon a finding of incapacity
  • Set the standard for determining your incapacity
  • Communicate your wishes to receive or not receive life-saving care
  • Ensure decisions are made in accordance with your beliefs, principles, or religious practices
  • Any additional healthcare wishes or concerns

How do I create an Advance Healthcare Directive?

Many people attempt to create estate planning documents on their own. After all, there are lots of do-it-yourself options online. However, this can be a huge mistake. An advance healthcare directive is an incredibly sensitive document and must be created with knowledge and care. As a result, it is important to work with an experienced estate planning attorney.

What other documents should I create?

In addition to an advance healthcare directive, you may also want to consider creating or updating your will, looking into various trusts, and even planning for your digital assets. There is a lot that goes into estate planning and it can feel overwhelming, so it is important to work with the right attorney.

If you have any questions or concerns about advance healthcare directives in Michigan, our firm is here to help. Contact us today to discuss your options. We are here to help you create a cohesive and comprehensive estate plan.

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