When creating an estate plan, you need to turn your attention to your assets, what will happen to them upon your death, and how to take care of your loved ones after you are gone.

While there is nothing wrong with this approach, you can’t overlook the fact that you need to also care for yourself while you’re living. This includes things such as planning for an unexpected medical emergency.

For example, if you become incapacitated you may be unable to make medical decisions on your own. However, with a health care proxy in place, you will always know that your wishes will be followed.

In short, a health care proxy is nothing more than a document that outlines the type of medical care you want to receive in the future. Also, it designates a specific person, such as a spouse or adult child, to make decisions on your behalf.

At our law firm, we do our best to ensure that every client understands the importance of planning for the unexpected. Although it can be a challenge to think about future medical emergencies, it’s something you need to do. This will give both you and your family the peace of mind you need.

When you’re young and healthy, it’s easy to believe that you don’t need a health care proxy, but nothing could be further from the truth. You never know when something bad could happen. With this legal document in place, you will always know that your medical wishes will be followed, even if you can’t verbally communicate your thoughts.