A benefit of estate planning is that you get your questions answered about all kinds of estate planning issues. For example, you find out how to prevent problems and how to create positive solutions, regarding medical planning. Here, we’re answering the 6 important medical estate planning questions we receive the most frequently. We’re including two parts to this article because there are so many questions and the answers are important to everyone.
4. Who should I name as my health care agent?
Use a health care proxy to appoint health care agents to make health care decisions, if you are ever unable to make those decisions yourself. Name agents who care about you, know you, can deal with stressful medically oriented situations, and can communicate effectively, even assertively, with medical personnel. Everyone needs an advocate when he or she is in the hospital.
Be sure to ask your agent before naming him or her and name back-up agents, in case your primary agent is unable or unwilling to serve at the time.
5. Does my health care agent have to honor my living will?
Yes, your health care agent can only make health care decisions on your behalf if you cannot provide informed consent and haven’t already done so. Your health care agent must honor your living will and should make sure that your doctors have a copy of it.
6. Should I be an organ donor?
Being an organ donor is a personal decision, but consider that you can save up to 8 lives and help numerous others improve their lives by being an organ and tissue donor. Would you want someone to donate organs and tissues so that you or a loved one may live, see, or recover from tragic burns or trauma?
If you haven’t yet done so, read Answers to 6 Important Medical Estate Planning Questions (Part One of Two), to learn more and get your medical estate planning questions answered. If you have questions about your individual situation, consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.
Davidov Law Group is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.