Five Important Estate Planning Documents: Advanced Medical Directives

by Norris Law Group on October 31, 2014

Five Important Estate Planning Documents: Advanced Medical DirectivesThis week, we have discussed five important estate planning documents, as recommended in an October 2014 article on CNBC.com. These documents include a will, your beneficiary designations, a financial power of attorney, and a medical power of attorney. In this installment, we will take a look at advanced medical directives, and why they can be an important vehicle for preserving the relationships among your loved ones.

It certainly may not be pleasant to consider what your “end-of-life decisions” may be, especially if you are young.  But think about it. If for some reason you become ill or injured to the point at which only extraordinary measures could keep you alive, what would you want? Would you want to be put on a ventilator or feeding tube to keep you alive?

Think about how you feel about this. Now think about what it would be like for your loved ones to have to make that decision for you if you couldn’t do so yourself. How would they feel? Do you want to put them in this position?

Setting up an advanced medical directive avoids this. In this document, you simply state your wishes about whether you would like to be kept alive through extraordinary means. You can also include whether you would like a member of the clergy to visit you. Such decisions can be a tremendous burden to a family, particularly if they are also faced with the prospect of losing you. You can help them now by organizing your affairs and putting your wishes in writing. It may just keep your family together, even if you are no longer there to help them.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.


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