To many people estate planning is simply the process of getting one's
affairs in order so that their assets and property will be distributed
to their ones they love at death. While it is true that a last will and
testament is an important document that assigns guardianship, determines
beneficiaries and divides an estate for distribution to your chosen heirs,
there are other estate planning tools which must be considered as well.
What if you become mentally or physically incapacitated before your death?
Who will have power to act on your behalf? How will your doctors and loved
ones know what treatments you want and to what extent you want them to
go to keep you alive?
An advance health care directive is an important estate planning tool designed
to inform your health care providers, loved ones and heirs about how you
wish to be treated if a serious medical situation arises. Your advanced
healthcare directive should include instructions as to the measures you
do or do not want doctors to provide in extending your life, such as whether
you want to be resuscitated if your heart stops, if you want to be kept
on life support, if you want to undergo potentially life-saving surgeries,
and other important matters. An advanced healthcare directive can also
be used to appoint an individual as your agent, who will be given the
power of attorney to make decisions for you, and if you become unable
to do so. If you do not have an advanced healthcare directive, you could
be put on life support against your wishes, and the assets and estate
you originally intended to go to your loved ones, may be used to provide
extended medical care that you would not have wanted, and that will not
return you to a healthy state.
Our firm has years of experience helping clients fulfill their estate planning
objectives and we are dedicated to giving people the legal protection
they deserve. To learn more about the benefits of having an advance healthcare
directive to protect yourself, your loved ones and your hard-earned assets
in the event that you need urgent medical attention and are unable speak
for yourself, we strongly advise you
contact the Law Offices of Timothy D. Henry right away. A skilled San Jose estate planning attorney will be happy to answer any
additional questions you may have and we will work diligently to assist
you in creating an advance healthcare directive that will give you peace of mind.