Comprehensive Planning Includes Advance Health Care Directives Estate planning centers around the preparation of assets for distribution to your loved ones after your passing. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for any and all contingencies that may arise there are some other things to take into consideration as well. One of these is the possibility of falling into an incapacitated state that renders you incapable of making medical decisions for yourself. This can happen as a result of aging during the period of time preceding your death, but it can also happen to younger people who suffer accidents and devastating illnesses. To provide an example, during the early 2000s there was a case that was highly publicized involving a young woman named Terri Schiavo. Ms. Schiavo suffered full cardiac arrest when she was just 26 years old and fell into a vegetative state. She remained in this condition for some eight years, and her husband ultimately decided that he would like the doctors to remove the feeding tubes were keeping her alive. Her parents strongly disagreed with this decision, and they instituted legal action in an attempt to prevent it. An acrimonious legal battle ensued, but it could have been avoided if Ms. Schiavo would have had a living will in place. With a living will you express your preferences regarding matters such as these, stating whether or not you would want to be kept alive through the use of artificial means if you were in a vegetative state that was deemed irreversible by your doctors. Another advance directive that is recommended is the durable medical power of attorney. With these documents you legally empower someone to make medical decisions in your behalf should you become unable to communicate them yourself. Advance health care directives are an important part of a comprehensive estate plan. If you do not have them in place at present it would be a good idea to discuss the matter with an estate planning attorney as soon as possible. Experienced estate planning attorneys Oklahoma City OK of the Parman and Easterday offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Oklahoma City OK. To learn more about these free resources, please visit www.parmanlaw.com/ today.
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