An Advance Healthcare Directive is an important part of an estate plan. It tells your family and friends what types of healthcare you want and what types of healthcare you do not want, when you cannot tell them yourself. It also enables you to choose who will make healthcare decisions, if you cannot make them for yourself.
The Unexpected Could Happen to You
If you are young and healthy, you may think that you do not need an Advance Healthcare Directive. But what happens if you are seriously injured in a car accident? Do your loved ones know your wishes? What if your spouse and your parents disagree about the care you would want? An Advance Healthcare Directive would prevent these problems because it enables you to tell your loved ones in advance what you want. And it enables you to choose in advance who you want to make decisions for you.
Creating Peace Among Siblings
Perhaps you are no longer young. Indeed, you may even have adult children that care for you. Do all of your children know what you want? Even if they did know your wishes, would they all agree? An Advance Healthcare Directive enables to you expressly state your wishes with respect to your healthcare. Moreover, it enables you to choose someone that you know agrees with your wishes to make healthcare decisions for you. By preparing an Advance Healthcare Directive, you can keep the family peace.
Giving You Peace of Mind
Maybe you are childless and single. An Advance Healthcare Directive can give you peace of mind. Because it enables you to choose the types of healthcare you want in advance, you will know that your wishes will be known even if you are incapacitated. And it enables you to choose a friend or relative to make healthcare decisions for you, when you cannot make them for yourself.