Living Will & Medical Power Of Attorney Provide Protections
It is important to be aware of just how likely it is that you may go through a period of
incapacitation before you pass away. Alzheimer's induced dementia is very common
among our nation's elderly, and this is one of the reasons why it is good idea to be
prepared. However, there are other causes of incapacity as well and it is better to err to
the side of safety rather than leaving things to chance.
As we are all aware, medical science is capable of amazing things these days. It is often
possible to keep people who are in a vegetative state alive for indefinite periods of time
through the use of artificial means. Each individual has a different opinion about how
they would want doctors to proceed if they were in this position, so it is important to
state your own wishes via the execution of a living will.
There can be medical decisions that must be made on behalf of an incapacitated
individual that do not include the use of life support systems under terminal conditions.
For this reason it is a good idea to include a durable medical power of attorney in your
estate plan as well. With this document you empower an individual of your choosing to
act as your decision maker should you become unable to communicate your choices for
Making sure that you are prepared for any and all eventualities is as simple as contacting
a qualified estate planning attorney to execute these important documents. If you delay,
you are running the risk of placing your family in a difficult position when this can be
easily avoided by taking action in advance.
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