Estate planning is about more than just choosing where your property will go when you pass away. Another major part of this process involves preparing for the possibility that you will one day become incapacitated and need others to make medical decisions on your behalf.
This is accomplished through the use of two legal documents: the healthcare proxy, where you will designate someone to make medical decisions on your behalf; and the living will, where you will lay out your preferences regarding various conditions and medical treatments.
When creating these documents it’s important to consider a few things. First, the person you choose as your healthcare representative will need to be someone who will be available when called upon to act. They should be capable of speaking intelligently with medical professionals and willing to follow your instructions regarding treatment, even if they might disagree with them.
You’ll also need to think very carefully about the different medical conditions and treatment options that you would find acceptable or not. The goal of a good living will is to provide your healthcare representative and family members with guidelines to use should they ever need to make these medical decisions for you. This is also the time to go over any religious requirements you might have with regard to your healthcare or post-mortem care.
Creating an estate plan that includes a living will for situations where you have become incapacitated can be a difficult process. At Rosenblum Law we work hand-in-hand with our clients to make sure that your estate plan provides both you and your family with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your affairs will be handled according to your wishes, regardless of what comes next. Call us today for a free consultation.
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