Estate planning is largely thought of as the process of leaving instructions regarding what will be taking place after you pass away. Without question, this is a large part of the endeavor, but it is useful to consider the period of time that may precede your passing as well.
With the above in mind, the execution of advance health care directives is highly recommended. One of these directives is called a living Will.
This type of will has nothing to do with arranging for the transfer of financial assets. A living Will is used to state your choices regarding medical procedures, such as being kept alive via the use of artificial life-support measures.
Leaving a life or death decision in the hands of your loved ones without providing any input is really placing them in an unfair position. Family members can disagree, and acrimony or even legal battles can ensue as we have seen with the case of Terri Schiavo.
To cover all of your bases, you would also do well to execute a durable power of attorney for health care. With this legal instrument, you empower a person of your choosing to make medical decisions on your behalf if you were to become unable to communicate your own choices.
Making your medical preferences known is necessary if you want to be prepared for all eventualities. If you’re ready to do just that, simply pick up the phone to set up an appointment with an experienced and qualified San Jose estate planning lawyer.