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Don't forget to include your health care plans in the estate plan

When you think about an estate plan, you might automatically think about the will and trusts. There are other aspects of estate planning that you need to think about when you are coming up with your plan.

You need to consider your health care options when you are able to make these decisions and make a plan for those now. Your living will and power of attorney for health care are important points of the estate plan.

The power of attorney for health care is the person who is going to make medical decisions for you when you aren't able to make those decisions on your own. You need to choose a person who is going to be able to think clearly when the time comes to make these decisions. This person must be able to make decisions that you would want, even if they don't agree with what you would want.

You should also spell your wishes out in writing. This document should be discussed with your doctor so that he or she knows what you want. Some of the things that you should include in this document include your wishes regarding life support measures, such as ventilation, tube feeding, hydration measures and similar interventions.

Taking care of these decisions now can help to take the pressure off of your loved ones and help to ensure that you aren't being subjected to treatments and interventions that you don't want. This should be reevaluated periodically, just like the rest of your estate plan so that you can ensure it is still reflective of your wishes.

Source: FindLaw, "Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Living Wills," accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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