There is a lot more that goes into estate planning than you may realize. For example, it is not enough to create a will. You may also want to create trusts, a power of attorney, an advance healthcare directive, and so on. The estate planning process can feel daunting. After all, it can be difficult to think about your future. Something that makes the estate planning process easier is educating yourself about it. So, read on to learn more about advance healthcare directives, what they are, and how to make one.
What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?
An advance healthcare directive is a document that discusses your end-of-life care. There are times when someone becomes incapacitated or is no longer of sound mind. In these cases, he or she can not communicate his healthcare wishes. To avoid this situation, many people choose to create an advance healthcare directive. In your advance healthcare directive, you can discuss:
- 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
Everyone has different wishes, views, and religious beliefs. It is important that you leave instructions for your friends, family, and doctors to follow when it comes to your healthcare.
How Can I Create an Advance Healthcare Directive?
If you are interested in creating an advance healthcare directive, you will want to contact a skilled estate planning attorney. An estate planning attorney can create a personalized estate plan that fits the needs of you, your health, your wishes, and your loved ones. Keep in mind, it is never too early to create an advance healthcare directive. The future is unpredictable and it is always a good idea to be prepared.
If you are interested in creating an advance healthcare directive, contact our firm today to begin the process. Additionally, if you are interested in any other aspects of estate planning, do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to assist with all of your estate planning needs.
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