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The importance of health care advance directives

If you are one of the many people in California who has taken the time to create a will or a trust, you likely had to make many decisions through the process. However, in addition to identifying what will happen to your assets and your debts after you die, did you take into consideration making plans for your care while you are still living if you are not able to make your own choices? This is an important part of estate planning that you should not overlook.

There are multiple types of documents or orders that allow another person to make health care decisions for you on your behalf. The variety can sometimes make it hard to know what each one does. Examples include the durable power of attorney for health care, the living will and the do not resuscitate order just for starters.

As explained by the American Cancer Society, each document or order has a unique purpose that you will want to evaluate. Some provide another person the ability to choose whether to keep you alive or allow you to die. This may come into play if you are faced with a terminal diagnoses or are in a state of unconsciousness expected to be irreversible. Other orders may allow someone to request palliative care in order to keep you comfortable. Still others provide broader decision making power.

If you would like to learn more about the type of directive you might outline so that another person may make health-related decisions on your behalf, please feel free to visit the health care power of attorney page on our California estate planning website.

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