As we age, we start thinking about the end of our lives. How will I pass? Where will I pass? Will I pass quickly? Will I suffer? Who will be there to make decisions if I am unable to? What is it that I want during my last days? These are all questions that make us uneasy, but demand answers to ensure our wants are carried out. Johnson County, Indiana estate planning attorney Barbara Baird can help ease your worries and document your wishes.
Indiana grants an individual the right to dictate who is in charge of their healthcare and well-being if they are ever health care power of attorney should be willing to abide by all of your wishes. An estate planning attorney can help you and your selected health care representative create an advance directive. An advance directive is a contract between you and your health care representative or “attorney-in-fact.” The advance directive ensures you retain as much power as possible, even after your health care representative takes over the decision-making. An advance directive is also beneficial should you decide there are certain people you do not want to be able to make decisions regarding your health care.
If you wish to retain control of your life until the end, establishing a health care power of attorney is in your best interest. If you have not named a health care representative and you become incapacitated, the decisions made regarding your health care are out of your control. You need to create and document a solid plan for you to maintain as much control over your health and life as possible.
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