One of the most difficult things to consider about life is its unpredictability. While you cannot predict what will happen even tomorrow, you can take steps that will allow you to have a certain level of control over sensitive matters that may arise in the future, such as the care you receive in the event of an emergency or incapacitation. There are additions you can make to your estate plan that will allow you to have control over your medical care and peace of mind for the future.
Advance directives are documents in which you can specify the type of care you want in certain situations. There is also a document that will allow you to name a person to act on your behalf in case you cannot speak for yourself. If you do not have advance medical directives as part of your complete estate planning strategy, you will benefit from including these as soon as possible. Life is not predictable, but you can make plans that will allow you to look to the future with confidence.
Living will and medical power of attorney
A living will is a document that allows you to specify the type of care you will need in case of incapacitation. You may have specific opinions about certain types of medical interventions, including artificial resuscitation, blood transfusion and more. You can decline certain types of care while specifying other types of care you will accept. This type of document would come into effect in the event that you are terminally ill, in a coma, severely injured or incapacitated in some way that prevents you from expressing your wishes.
A health care power of attorney is a document in which you will name a specific person who can act on your behalf in an emergency or in case of incapacitation. This would apply in situations not specifically mentioned in your living will. The person you designate for this role should be responsible, trustworthy and willing to act in this capacity.
Is your estate plan complete?
Without these health care directives, your estate plan is not complete. Medical emergencies can take place at any time and at any age, regardless of a person’s current health state. Without these important documents, you are risking the loss of control over important matters in your future. If you are unsure of how a living will or health care power of attorney could benefit you, you may find it helpful to speak with a knowledgeable Louisiana professional regarding your legal options.