Particularly, in an advance health care directive, a person may communicate if they want life-extending measures utilized if they are seriously injured or battling significant illnesses. Not all individuals want extraordinary care in these cases and may opt to allow their conditions to progress without extra interventions.

An alternative to an advance health care directive is a durable power of attorney. In such a document, an individual may give another person the power to make health care decisions for them if they lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves. These two estate planning tools have special requirements and any readers who want to execute them for inclusion in their own estate plans may want to get more information about their own unique estate plans.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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