You should prepare for medical emergencies.
No one wants to think about death.
Although it is inevitable, we prefer not to think about it.
What about incapacity?
Unlike death, not everyone will face it.
According to a recent The Huntsville Item article titled “Make sure you talk to your doctor and family,” the uncertainty of incapacity does not mean you should ignore its possibility.
You should first consider what you want regarding end-of-life care and life-saving or life-sustaining treatment.
Next, you should work with an experienced estate planning attorney to create an Advance Health Care Directive.
What does this accomplish?
The Advance Health Care Directive gives the authority to a trusted agent to make medical decisions on your behalf should you ever be unable to do so yourself, to include treatments you would accept or rejected.
It is important to talk with your agent about the responsibilities and your wishes before you sign these documents.
You will want to be sure the individual is up for the role.
Once signed and notarized, you should provide your doctor with a copy to upload to your electronic medical record.
In addition to your doctor, provide copies to the agent or agents you are leaving in charge.
Keep the signed original safe with the rest of your estate plan.
Be sure your loved ones know where to find all of your key legal documents.
No one wants to discuss these unpleasant topics with their loved ones.
You should do so anyway.
By discussing your wishes openly and with everyone in your family, you will decrease their stress levels in the event of a medical emergency.
They will have greater peace of mind knowing what your wishes are sooner rather than later.
This may all seem awkward and unpleasant, but it is well worth it.
Reference: The Huntsville Item (June 30, 2019) “Make sure you talk to your doctor and family,”