Why do you need an advance health care directive?

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2022 | Estate Planning |

Creating an estate plan is the responsible thing to do as an adult. There are many parts of this that have to be considered. 

While most people are familiar with a will, having an advanced health care directive is just as important. Learn more about what this does and why you need one below.

Assigning someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf

If you become incapacitated for any reason, it’s important to have someone named to make these decisions for you. Along with naming someone to do this, you can also outline what you want (and don’t want) when it comes to healthcare services and treatments. 

Sometimes, naming an alternative agent on this document is wise in case the first option isn’t available, able or willing to make decisions on your behalf. 

Types of care and treatment you consent to or refuse

The advanced healthcare directive can be used to outline what you want to be allowed when it comes to medical care or treatment. For example, if you are on life support, would you want “extreme life-saving measures” to keep you alive? All this can be outlined in the document you create. 

This form can also be used to let others know if you plan to donate your organs after you die. It can also name a doctor that will be responsible for your treatment. 

Creating a comprehensive estate plan

When it comes to creating an estate plan, there are many factors and documents that must be included. One is the advanced healthcare directive. If you have more questions about estate plans, talking to someone about your legal options is wise. They can provide advice and guidance regarding other documents to include in the estate plan.