One of the most critical documents in any estate plan is a health care directive or durable power of attorney. A durable power of attorney allows for the orderly management of your health care when you are unable to speak for yourself. Have you prepared a living will, health care directive or durable power of attorney for medical care?
If you have prepared one or more of these documents, the next issue is: have you shared this document with your loved ones? Do your loved ones know who is empowered to make decisions about your care if you can’t speak for yourself? Do your loved ones have copies of these documents? Do your love ones know where to find these documents?
Experts tell us that some of the most stressful events in life include death of a spouse, death of a close family member and a family member suffering from a major illness. This recent Wall Street Journal article illustrates the importance of being open with your loved ones about your end-of-life decisions. The last thing you want during this critical time is for your family members to fight with each other, or your doctors, when the focus should be caring for you during your time of need.