What if I Get Sick? How Estate Planning Can Help

In the age of coronavirus, we’ve all had to reckon with the fact that our health is never guaranteed and any of us could fall seriously ill at any time. Yikes! The bright side, though, is that many have used this realization for the good of themselves and their families by taking the time to sit down with an attorney and create an estate plan. Estate plans aren’t just for deciding what will happen to your assets after you pass away, though of course that is one of its main functions. It can also help you express your wishes about what should happen if you fall ill.

If you were sick, would someone else be able to handle your financial affairs while you recover? If you were unconscious, in a coma, or suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, who would take charge over your medical decisions? Would your family know the nature of your wishes regarding matters like being resuscitated if your heart stopped beating, or getting intubated if you couldn’t breathe on your own?

A strong estate plan can include the answers to all of those questions. Now let’s take a look at some of the tools you will potentially need to use:

Advance Health Care Directive: Also referred to as a “living will” these directives give you a say in how the specifics of your medical care will be handled if you are unable to express those wishes at the time of illness. 

DNR: A do not resuscitate order, also known as a DNR, is a special type of advance health care directive through which you can make it known that if your heart stops you do not want doctors to restart it with CPR or electric shocks.

Powers of attorney: This is a document through which you can grant someone you trust the ability to make decisions on your behalf. You can make a general (financial) power of attorney and/or a health care power of attorney. Be aware that only durable powers of attorney can be used if you are incapacitated.

Work with an Attorney

An experienced estate planning attorney can help you craft your estate plan and ensure that you chose the right documents for your unique circumstances. The Sutton Law Group has extensive experience in estate planning and is eager to help you protect your future. Contact us today!

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