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A health care power of attorney can save money and relationships

The average Nevada resident would most likely prefer to die peacefully in his or her sleep after living a full life. This will be the case for some; however, others will be faced with sudden accidents and illnesses that can at times leave them unable to state their preferences. When this happens, if the individual has given a trusted person a health care power of attorney and has established a living will, the decision-making process can align with the individual's wishes.

By giving someone a health care power of attorney, the individual is giving that person the ability to make medical decisions for him or her in the event that he or she is unable to do so. This authority gives one individual the ability to guide medical professionals and other family members in knowing the extent to which the individual wants to be treated medically. In addition to saving financially, it can prevent family arguments regarding which decision is best.

Similarly, a living will is a written document that states the wishes of the individual. In the event that the individual is unable to communicate his or her wishes personally, this document can do just that. The existence of this document should be discussed with loved ones so that it can be located and presented if necessary.

When a loved one becomes ill or injured, the ability to make rational decisions is sometimes compromised. However, when the Nevada resident discusses his or her wishes with their loved ones prior to such an incident, the strife and turmoil can be lessened. Establishing a health care power of attorney and/or a living will can go a long way in lessening the burden on the family and honoring the individual's wishes.

Source: azcentral.com, Living will, power of attorney save money, family conflict, Peter Fine, Jan. 26, 2014

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