While it is impossible to predict what will happen in the future, there are certain steps you can take that will allow you to have control over certain matters. Through estate planning, you can decide what will happen with your personal property and other financial issues after you pass away or in case of incapacitation. You can also create documents that will allow you to have control over certain medical needs you may have in the future.
Through the creation of a living will and a health care advance directive, you can have the final say over certain matters that may arise in the event of a grave injury or serious illness. As it is your body, you have the right to decide the type of treatment you may or may not want. However, failure to carefully plan for these possibilities and have clear plans in place could leave your Massachusetts loved ones in the difficult position of having to make certain types of difficult decisions on your behalf.
The benefits of advanced directives and living wills
A living will allows you to outline your personal preferences regarding treatments and interventions you may or may not want. For example, you may not want a blood transfusion, or while you may want CPR as a life-saving measure, you may not wish to be on a ventilator. These are difficult issues to consider, but creating a living will ensures that you get to have the final say over critical matters involving your body and medical preferences.
An advance directive gives you the ability to name an individual to act on your behalf in case of a situation in which you cannot speak for yourself. This person would make medical decisions for you on issues that may not be a specific mention in your living will. The agent you choose to act on your behalf should be a trusted individual who will keep your best interests as his or her priority.
What should be in your complete estate plan?
Every estate plan is different, and what you need in your plan depends largely on your personal preferences and concerns. An assessment of your individual situation can help you understand what types of directives you need or the specific terms that should be in your living will. With the right plans in place and documents drafted, you can have peace of mind knowing that your long-term interests are secure.