When it comes to estate planning, many people only think about what will happen to their assets upon their death. While this is important, there are other things you need to think about.
An example of this is your health care wishes. Even you are unable to make your own health care decisions, you still want to make sure that your wishes are followed. Here are some of the many ways you can do this:
- Living will. This is an important part of any estate plan, as it gives a loved one the ability to make key health care decisions on your behalf.
- Physician order for life sustaining treatment. If you are facing a serious illness, this document can help establish your wants and needs in regards to your current treatment.
- HIPAA waiver. Without this, your family, such as your spouse, will not have permission to access your medical records or communicate with your medical team in the event that you are unable to do so.
At our law firm, we do our best to help people understand how important it is to think about their health care wishes. There are many ways to do this, all of which deserve your attention.
If you want to preserve your health care wishes but are unsure if your current estate plan is doing so in the appropriate manner, it's time for a comprehensive review. If you find that a few changes could do you some good, don't hesitate to take action. This will go a long way in giving you peace of mind.