Here’s a link to an interesting article in the New York Times about advance directives. Much like birthing plans, it is difficult to know in advance exactly what care you will want to have when the time comes. Better to designate a person you know and trust to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make such decisions for yourself. Make time to discuss at length your thoughts on quality of life with that person on a regular basis so he or she feels comfortable in the decision making. Be sure your health care providers have the documentation in your medical records with current contact information for your designated agent.
Do you have a will? Have you discussed with family members what your wishes are for end-of-life care? Do you have a power of attorney for someone to handle your affairs if you are unable to do so? If the answer is no, then think about making it a priority for 2015 to get organized, and get the appropriate estate planning documentation in order. For most simple estate plans the cost will be less than $500.
I collaborate with an expert in tax law in estate planning for individuals with estates over two million dollars (the starting point for the Washington State estate tax). And unlike many lawyers, I make house calls!
Contacting me by phone or email will get the process started. There is no fee for an initial consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.
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