When it comes to managing healthcare decisions in the event of incapacitation, we are often asked only about preparing a “living will”. Most of the time, this happens because clients are not entirely sure what purpose this document serves.
Here’s what is important to remember about living wills: they handle the “what”. “What” specifies the medical treatment you do or do not want at the end of your life (think, blood transfusions, CPR, respirator, etc.). This is different from the “who”: the person you appoint to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become unable to. The “who” is a “durable power of attorney for healthcare” and it can be used in the case of a temporary disability as well as at end of life.
Your “who” and “what” can be in separate documents but should be consistent because there may be overlap. They can also be combined in one legal document.
When it comes to ensuring that your exact wishes are honored by who you want to make them, it is important to have the appropriate estate planning tools in place. Contact C&G today to assist you!
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