Planning for the future to leave behind a legacy for your loved ones is a difficult but important step. It's also important to address future medical care you may need during your lifetime.

Give Peace of Mind to Your Loved Ones

Establishing a living will and health care directive provides direction on your wishes. The legal document also helps avoid complex and conservatorship litigation if there is a dispute. Courts are bound to consider your wishes written in these legal documents by statute and are not allowed to appoint a conservator unless shown to not be suitably working for the individual.
Advanced healthcare planning is a process for respecting your medical care and treatments. You can start this process at any point in your life regardless of your current health state. Over time, an advance directive is commonly revised as your health status changes. 

What is Included in a Health Care Directive?

A Health Care Directive is a general term for any document in which you provide instructions about your end-of-life decisions. These frequently include appointing an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so. A Health Care Directive does not state directions on the taking of your life, but rather your desires, which is binding on courts that your life is not prolonged in the event that you are deemed terminally ill, or in a persistent vegetative state.
Drafting a living will is another type of directive to state your wishes about future care you wish and do not wish to receive. You may also appoint a power of attorney to make medical decisions for you in the event that you cannot make them for yourself. This person becomes your agent or proxy. Your wishes regarding medical treatment and future care may include your decisions regarding those like “Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” (POLST) also referred to as terms such as, “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” (MOLST), or “Provider Orders for Scope of Treatment” (POST).

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