Advance Directives Are Key Component

Dec 7, 2011

Without question, you have financial matters to consider when you are devising a plan for the future. When the subject of estate planning comes up many people immediately think about transferring assets to their loved ones. But in addition to this it is a good idea to consider all of the eventualities of aging.

Individuals don’t generally pass away on a given day after being in good health for the period of time that preceded their passing. For this reason it is a good idea to include advance health care directives when you are creating your estate plan.

The two advance health care directives that are widely recommended are the living will and the durable power of attorney for health care. A living will is used to state your wishes concerning medical procedures such as being kept alive via the use of artificial life support systems.

This is a very sensitive subject and different people have different feelings about it. This is a personal decision and it is important to let your wishes be known so that there are no disagreements among family members regarding the appropriate course of action should you become unable to communicate your own decisions.

A durable power of attorney for health care is used to name a representative who would make medical decisions in your behalf should you become unable to make them for yourself.

Advanced directives are a key component to the modern holistic plan for aging. If you have not yet executed these important documents, you may want to take action right now to arrange for a consultation with an experienced Jacksonville estate planning attorney.

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