It is not always easy to know how to handle a certain situation. In particular, if a loved one ends up incapacitated or passes away, other family members may not know what to do. However, if you choose to create an estate plan, you could ensure that your loved ones know what you want to happen in the event of incapacitation or death.
When it comes to making important end-of-life plans, having legally binding documents is vital. Though you likely do want your loved ones to know your wishes ahead of time, it’s not wise to simply verbalize those wishes. The person you told could forget, feel uncertain about them or possibly not be around at the time you need those instructions followed. Because of this, physical documentation can ensure that others know your wishes when needed.
As mentioned, instructions can become confusing if you do not clearly express them in a concrete way. This can involve leaving specific instructions for your care in the event of incapacitation and appointing specific people to follow those instructions. A living will or advance health care directive can include instructions on whether you want to receive life-sustaining treatment or want to be resuscitated if you stop breathing as well as many other health care-related issues.
A health care proxy or power of attorney document can indicate who you want in charge of making important medical decisions in this scenario. By clearly appointing a person, your family can save precious time by not having to decide who might be the best person for the job.
Your family will thank you
As much as your estate plan can benefit you, it can act as a useful tool for your loved ones as well. No one wants to feel helpless when a family member is in an incapacitating situation, and having your instructions at hand could make them feel much better about the choices ahead. Whether knowing what type of care you would want when you cannot say for yourself or knowing how you want your assets distributed after you are gone, an estate plan can bring a sense of comfort.
If you feel ready to start your estate planning journey, you may want to contact an experienced Nevada attorney who can help you along the way. A legal professional can provide you with important information about your options and how you can best express your wishes.