An important part of estate planning is preparing for possible incapacity. In addition to Durable Powers of Attorney for financial decisions and health care matters, another fundamental estate planning tool is a Health Care Directive, also known as a Living Will.
A Health Care Directive provides instructions on what type of medical care you would like. An individual has a constitutional right to choose or refuse medical care. A Health Care Directive makes your wishes known. The directive may contain directions to refuse or remove life support in the event an individual is in a coma or a vegetative state, or it may provide instructions to use all efforts to keep them alive, no matter what the circumstances.
Health Care Directives make clear to doctors and others your wishes for medical care.
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