It is impossible to predict the future within any degree of certainty, but it is possible to plan for contingencies. Any person might experience a serious illness or suffer an injury in a future accident, and a guardianship is a practical and prudent way to protect your interests and wishes in these circumstances.
Estate planning includes planning for end-of-life care
In order to properly plan for end-of-life care, you would be wise to work with an experienced estate planning attorney when naming a guardian. The appointed guardian will be responsible for managing your medical, financial and physical needs in case you are incapacitated for any reason.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a myriad of reasons why any individual could benefit from this effort, particularly those who have been diagnosed with dementia, a terminal illness, a mental condition or who simply wish to provide peace of mind to loved ones in case of an emergency. Planning for end-of-life care entails much more than simply naming a guardian to make important decisions; it may also include the following:
- Establishing a power of attorney in order to grant decision-making authority to a certain individual
- Drafting a living will in order to outline what medical treatments a person does or does not wish to have performed
- Establishing a do not resuscitate (DNR) and/or do not intubate (DNI) order, which is not contingent on having an advanced medical directive or a living will
Any of the above legal documents could be included as part of an individual’s estate plan. The decisions and wishes outlined in any of these documents carry life-altering significance, and a person should carefully consider his or her personal beliefs and desires for end-of-life care before moving forward with this process.
You can protect your wishes and your loved ones
Estate planning is a beneficial choice, regardless of your income level or health. Creating a will, establishing guardianship or outlining your wishes in case of a future medical contingency are ways that you can protect your interests, as well as the interests of your loved ones.
When making these important decisions, it is essential to have an experienced legal ally by your side. We are experienced in all aspects of estate planning, and we can determine what you need to do in order to lay a solid foundation for the future. By taking these legal steps, you could shield your family from legal complications and undue emotional duress in the future.