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Advance directives include documents such as a living will, designation of health care surrogate, and power of attorney. These are important documents because they address what will happen when you are incapacitated and are unable to make and communicate decisions for yourself.
A living will sets forth your wishes regarding important health care decisions such as the use or withdrawal of life prolonging procedures. These are deeply personal decisions and it is important to communicate and document these decisions so that your family is not left to question the choices you would make regarding your health care.
A designation of health care surrogate names the person that you have selected to carry out your decisions regarding your health care. The health care surrogate acts on your behalf and will be communicating with the health care personnel responsible for your care.
A power of attorney is a document that permits another person to act as an agent to manage your financial affairs in the event that you are unable to do this for yourself. Your agent will have access to your financial accounts and is permitted to manage your bank accounts and to pay your bills.
These documents are an essential part of any estate plan. They allow for you to be taken care of at a time when you are unable to take care of yourself. However, please keep in mind that these are powerful documents as well. They permit a person access to personal medical information and financial accounts. Choose your representatives carefully and make certain that they have the information necessary to follow your wishes.
It is important to consult an attorney regarding your advance directives. An attorney can explain your options and answer any questions you may have regarding your advance directives.
It is difficult to think about the possibility of becoming incapacitated. However, it is important to make your wishes clearly known. This will allow those acting on your behalf to make your health care decisions as you would make them. Once your advance directives have been drafted and signed, it is important to communicate with your family, friends and health care providers.
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