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What you should know about advance care directives

You may have already spent some time making some end-of-life plans, but a Michigan will or trust often only addresses part of the equation. At Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, PC, we often provide advice and assistance to clients who want to ensure that their health care decisions are in the right hands.

The National Institute on Aging explains that advance care planning allows you to make your own choices regarding your future health care. While it is tempting to think these directives will only be used when you are much older, it is impossible to know when you may suddenly lose your ability to communicate your wishes. These may involve the answers to questions such as:

  • Should a physician prolong your life using a ventilator?
  • Do you want CPR to be used to revive you?
  • Do you want to be fed and hydrated through a tube if you are not able to eat or drink?

Once you have made your choices, it is important to convey these through the proper legal documents. A living will allows you to specify the answers to the above questions.

Other questions may arise that you have not foreseen, but there is a document that you may use to cover those possible eventualities, as well. A durable power of attorney for health care allows you to authorize a trusted person to make your decisions for you. You can discuss your wishes with this person, and then if you are incapacitated, you know that whatever arises, he or she will take care of it. 

More information about health care planning documents is available on our webpage.

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