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Does Your Family Know Your Wishes if You Are Incapacitated?


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4/18/2013
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Because people are living longer, it is wise to make decisions about who will care for you and your estate if you ever become incapacitated. Although being unable to care for yourself or make decisions is not pleasant to think about, it is part of estate planning that is critical.

You can help your loved ones know what to do down the line by making your own funeral arrangements in advance and making sure your wishes are put down in writing. With a living will, also referred to as an advance health care directive, you can let your heirs and doctors know your wishes regarding medical treatment when you become unable to do so. This can include:

  • Take all available measures to keep you alive
  • What types of treatments you do or don’t want
  • Refrain from keeping you on life support

By creating a living will as part of your estate plan, you can control what will happen at the end of your life. With this directive, you can also designate a family member or someone else you trust to make your health care decisions for you in the event you become unable to do so. Also, during this time you will need someone to manage your affairs and assets, which is another reason why you may want to start estate planning in Georgia if you haven’t done so already.

If you don’t make these decisions in advance and you become unable to care for yourself or make your own decisions, a court could appoint someone to manage your affairs. This is why having a living will is important, just as a living trust is important so a trustee can manage your assets held in the trust.

For help making your will and trust arrangements, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 for a consultation with a Peachtree City estate-planning lawyer.



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