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.
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