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The importance of having an advance medical directive

Planning for the future is always a good idea regardless of age or economic status. In a world of uncertainty, securing assets and final wishes only makes sense. Estate planning is often considered by California residents to be something to put off until retirement years. However, it is never to early to begin planning for the inevitable. An advance medical directive is a document that can detail the wishes of a loved one upon an end-of-life situation.

Its never fun or easy talking about the end of life, but preparing for death will ensure proper treatment when the time comes. By creating a living will, a person can detail what type of care is desired at the end of his or her life while saving loved ones from making stressful medical decisions should the individual become incapacitated. A health care power of attorney would also be needed to name and authorize a person to carry out medical decisions in the event of an incapacitation.

A living will and a health care power of attorney are used to create an advance medical directive. This will be used only in the event that the person becomes too ill to make medical decisions on his or her own. Advance directives are crucial in determining the wishes of a loved one and can be updated at any time.

Most importantly, it is always a good idea to communicate final wishes to family members and doctors before the time comes. It is not necessary to have legal representation to create an advance medical directive. However, an experienced attorney could be very helpful and answer any questions that California residents may have regarding estate planning.

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