April 16th marks National Healthcare Decisions Day in the US. Recognition of this day aims at educating and encouraging everyone to be proactive about making decisions related to advance care planning.
Advance care planning discussions are typically related to a living will and durable power of attorney documents. These legal documents assist you in planning for potential medical care in the event you are unable to make decisions on your own including situations where you may suffer from a temporary illness as well as the process of dying and death. It permits you to retain control over your treatment and makes sure you receive the type of care you desire during these major life events.
Do you have an advance care plan in place? When is the last time you reviewed and updated your documents? Maintaining these documents is an ongoing process. You should review them periodically or when significant life events such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child, moving to a new state, or change in net-worth/income occur. An unexpected accident or illness could leave you unable to express your wishes. Proper planning, with the assistance of your professional advisors, will allow you to make the best choices for you and your loved ones.
Please give us a call to discuss your healthcare wishes and ensure your personal legal documents are up-to-date at 301-543-6000.