One of the single most important things that you can do right now is to think about what you want to happen if you are ever sick and unable to make your own health care decisions. You should have a plan in place for what different types of things might happen to you and what you want to happen if those things do occur. It might sound morbid and you probably have more enjoyable things to do with your time. However, failing to plan ahead means that you will not have a voice in your health care at the time you are most vulnerable and in need of care.
You should visit with an experienced estate planning attorney and ask about a Health Care Power of Attorney. With this legal document you appoint someone else to make your health care decisions when you cannot make them. If doctors can not ask you what to do, then it is helpful to have someone else already designated for the doctors to speak with about your health.
However, it is not enough to just get a Health Care Power of Attorney. You also need to speak with the person you designate so that he or she knows what you want to happen in different situations. Again, you probably have more enjoyable things to do. However, you do not have a lot else that is more important to do.
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