What is an Advance Healthcare Directive? | Michigan Estate Planning

When it comes to healthcare, everyone has different wishes, religious beliefs, and so on. As a result, it is important to make your wishes known to your doctors and your loved ones. One way to do this is through an advance healthcare directive. Read on to learn more about advanced healthcare directives 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

In some cases, an individual may become incapacitated and may be unable to express their wishes. As a result, it is important to put these wishes in writing so that doctors and family members can honor them.

How do I create an advance healthcare directive?

It can be difficult to think about the future, especially when it comes to healthcare and planning for incapacitation. But, it is an important thing to do. If you are interested in creating an advance healthcare directive, it is important to reach out to an experienced estate planning attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you ensure that your wishes are followed and that you’re prepared for all future possibilities. Additionally, your attorney can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that covers all of your bases.

What other documents can help me prepare for the future?

An advance healthcare document is an incredibly important part of your estate plan. It is also important to create a will and a power of attorney, among other doucments. Failing to plan for the future can mean your wishes for your end-of-life care, or the distribution of your estate, will not be followed. Additionally, it can cause a lot of undue stress for your friends and family during a difficult time.

If you are interested in creating an advance healthcare directive, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated Michigan estate planning attorney.

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