3 Key Documents

(Also Known As –  Advance Directives) include:

Living Will & Last Will & Testament – Advised family members their wishes about end of life and beyond

Living Will –  comes into play when your loved one is incapacitated and can no longer communicate his/her wishes in specific medical situation. Often times it includes end of life decisions and how they feel about artificial life support

Last Will & Testament – This document identifies the person  who will manage a person’s estate, (the Executor) and who will receive the assets of the estate (the beneficiaries). This document is only effective once a person dies.

Durable Power of Attorney – designates who is to make decisions about finances and other assets. This document gives the assigned person the right to manage and make decisions according to the stated wishes of the person who has granted power of attorney.

Designation of Healthcare Surrogate  – Designates who will make medical decisions when your loved one is no longer able. The agent or person assigned makes decisions regarding doctors, medical treatments, care facilities and end of life.

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