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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Common Estate Planning Mistake #5 – No Health Care Directives

A health care directive is a written document that informs others of your wishes about your health care. It allows you to name a person ("agent") to decide for you if you are unable to decide.

 

Without a Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will and HIPAA Authorization, the medical staff has no instructions for your medical treatment if you are unable to directly communicate your preferences. Do you want to be kept alive on a machine? Do you want heroic but expensive medical techniques to be used to prolong your life? You can make a stated preference on these items and other crucial items within your Health Care Directives, and also appoint a close friend or family member to make crucial decisions on your behalf.

 

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