At the same time, you should also address the medical contingencies that you may face toward the end of your life. This is done through the creation of legally binding documents called advance directives for health care.
One advance directive for health care that everyone should have is a living will. We have all heard of the document called a last will or last will and testament. This type of will is used to transfer assets, but a living will has nothing to do with asset transfers.
Physicians can sometimes keep people who cannot communicate alive for extended periods of time, even if there is no hope of recovery. This can be done through life-sustaining measures like mechanical respiration, artificial hydration, and artificial nutrition.
If you were in this position, would you want to be kept alive through the use of artificial means, or would you want physicians to allow nature to take its course? You record your wishes regarding this question when you create a living will.
Durable Health Care Power of Attorney
Another advance directive that should be part of your incapacity plan is a durable power of attorney for health care. These documents are sometimes called health care proxies.
The living will is going to center around the specific question of life-sustaining measures. However, other types of medical questions could present themselves if you were to become incapacitated.
When you create a durable power of attorney for health care, you name an agent or attorney-in-fact. This person would be empowered to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of your incapacitation.
The durable designation is important. If a power of attorney is not durable, it no longer remains in effect upon the incapacitation of the grantor.
A durable power of attorney would still be in effect even if you become incapacitated.
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If you are currently unprepared for incapacity, action is required. Every responsible adult should have an incapacity plan embedded within a broader estate plan.
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