Sugar Grove estate planning attorneysPeople often assume that estate planning is only for the rich, but there are important pieces that apply to everyone—from those that are in nursing home care or facing life-threatening illness to those that have only just turned 18. Otherwise known as advance directives, these critical aspects of an estate plan can help ensure you receive the medical care you want, and they can aid your family and care providers when making important end of life decisions.

Power of Attorney

If, at any time, you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself, a medical or health care power of attorney can allow someone to make them for you. This person may be a spouse, a child, a friend, or even a specific member of your community. You are also permitted to choose one or more alternate decision-makers, should the person you appoint be unable to fulfill their role.

Careful consideration must be given when appointing a power of attorney; while other estate planning documents (such as a living will) may be present, such directives may not cover certain situations. As such, your power of attorney should be someone that:

Living Wills

A living will is different than a power of attorney in that, rather than appointing a person to make decisions for you, you have made your wishes known through an advance directive. Essentially, it covers what life-saving or life-sustaining treatments you are willing to receive. You can also address issues regarding pain management or organ donation.

Take time to consider the quality of life you are willing to live with. Also, spend time speaking with your doctor, family, friends, and any power of attorneys regarding your wishes, desires, and decisions about end-of-life care. In particular, consider the following:

Need Help Drafting a Living Will or Power of Attorney?

There are many considerations to make when making end-of-life decisions, and, unfortunately, you cannot predict every possible circumstance. You can, however, seek assistance to ensure you have covered as much as possible in your estate plan, living will, or power of attorney. The end result can offer you peace of mind, comfort, and knowledge that, regardless of what life brings, you are as prepared as you can possibly be.

At Law Office of James F. White, P.C., we understand just how important and sensitive end-of-life decisions can be. And, with more than 40 years of combined legal experience, we can help provide the advice and insight often needed when weighing your quality of life over the length of your life. Compassionate and attentive, our Sugar Grove estate planning attorneys are here to help. Schedule an initial consultation with us today by calling 630-466-1600 today.