Advance Directives: Planning Ahead for Your Own Care – Part 1

You may not want to think about it, but it is vital that you do — you may someday face a sudden health crisis due to an accident or serious illness that leaves you unable to make your own medical decisions. Fortunately, there is a legal means to addressing this potential future concern — it’s called an advance directive.

An advance directive is a written statement that you complete in advance of a serious illness. Generally speaking, this document names someone to act on your behalf or outlines how you want medical decisions to be made when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. Some types of advance directives may be able to do more for you than others, so it is important to know the differences.

Keep in mind that advance directives should not be confused with financial directives (such as a durable power of attorney). In addition, advance directives are not financial documents. However, it is possible that during a visit with an attorney to discuss financial and estate planning affairs, advance directives may be discussed and in some cases packaged together with other documents (e.g., wills, trusts, etc.).

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services, a registered investment advisor.

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