What are Advance Directives?

Advance directives are important part of the estate planning process. Basically, they determine what happens to you medically if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Here are the basics of advance directives and how they work.

Advance Directives

In some cases, when you get older, unforeseen medical emergencies emerge. When this happens, you are going to have to rely on your spouse, or loved one, to make decisions for you. However, if you do not want to leave your wishes unknown, you can use what is called an advanced directive in order to help your medical providers know what to do.

How It Is Used

In order to use this type of advance directive, you are going to have to spend a lot of time looking over very detailed medical situations. Typically, you are going to go through this process with your estate planning lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to give you some scenarios that you will have to think about when it comes to medical situations. You will then need to specify exactly what you would do in a given situation and your lawyer will create a document that makes sure this will happen. 

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