Estate planning is all about preparing for the future. Part of that has to do with setting your financial affairs in order, and part of it is concerned with providing a guardian for your children, should you and the other parent both die. An aspect of estate planning that’s far too often ignored is planning for your own healthcare concerns; an advance healthcare directive is one document that allows you to do just that.
An advance healthcare directive is a form you can fill out that outlines the kind of medical care you’d like to receive should you ever need it, and should you be unable to speak for yourself. For example, you could sustain an injury or a disease that leaves you incapacitated in some way, and doctors will need to know your wishes with regard to medication, feeding tubes, respirators, and beyond. Healthcare directives allow you to outline your desires.
There are two basic types of healthcare directive to know about; of course, your advance directive attorney can help clarify which one is best for you (you may also wish to have both).
A key point to keep in mind is that, so long as you can make your own healthcare decisions, these documents will not take effect. If you can speak up and say yes or no to any treatment, these directives are not binding.
As for the steps to creating these documents, here are our recommendations.
Also be aware that you may wish to make changes to your documents over the years. Of course, these forms can be updated at any time; just speak with your attorney to verify the changes.
Do you have further questions? Or are you ready to speak with an estate planning attorney? Singh Law Firm is here to consult on any and all living will or healthcare directive needs. To speak with a lawyer from our firm, reach out to us today and schedule an appointment.