While you’re working on your estate plan, one thing that you will want to discuss with your attorney is your living will and advance directives for any medical decisions you want to make. These important documents must be discussed in advance so that you have the appropriate documents in place if you ever can’t speak for yourself or make your wishes known after an injury or during an illness.
When you decide to make an advance directive, it can be intimidating. After all, you don’t know what kind of illness or injury might impact you, so you may have varied opinions on what you’d want to see happen if you were critically injured or ill.
It could be a good idea to speak with your attorney openly about your concerns. Your advance directive can be as detailed as you’d like. You can also choose to assign a durable power of attorney so that someone you trust and that you know will take care of you will be able to make decisions about your health care when you can’t.
Why is it a good idea to involve your attorney when creating a living will or advance directive?
It’s smart to discuss your situation with your attorney because they’ll be able to help you understand the legal implications of your choices. They’ll discuss with you the state’s requirements for health care agents and be able to guide you in choosing an agent who will represent you. They are also on your side, so they’ll let you know if a decision you make could be harmful to yourself or your estate.
This is not a simple discussion to have, but it’s essential. Your attorney will talk to you about what has worked for other people and what may work for you.