topic | life planning - medical directives
In cases of incapacitation, two documents should be in place:
Depending upon the state of residence, these documents may be separate, or combined as a single Advance Directive. These documents are important near end-of-life, and to protect a person (and the estate) at any time there is an unfortunate accident resulting in a coma, or a vegetative status. Absent these documents:
- it may be unclear who can act on the individual's behalf in case of incapacitation.
- an individual may need to make difficult medical decisions, at a stressful time, without the benefit of guidance.
Create a Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney NOW! Seek the advice of an estate attorney to complete these documents.