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A living will assures that your health wishes are met

Estate planning and thinking about the future is something that many people take for granted. It is not something that people are often reminded about, so people tend to overlook its importance and make it a lower priority. If your car breaks down, the need is immediate, and so you get it fixed immediately. But what about your health?

Even if you are a healthy person, accidents happen, and serious and even life-threatening illnesses can spring up on any one at any time. As the old cliché goes, nobody's tomorrow is guaranteed. For this reason alone it is important to address your estate planning sooner rather than later. In order to make certain that your wishes are met when it comes to your health, you may want to consider creating a living will.

A living will is not actually a will; it is a document with instructions on how doctors and medical professionals are to handle things regarding your health if you ever become incapacitated and unable to speak or communicate and get your voice heard.

A living will is important not only to protect and assure that decisions regarding your health are met, but to also to avoid potential disputes or disagreements among family members or friends in the event of a serious illness or accident. It will give you peace of mind knowing that your beliefs are already documented and that the medical team treating you will act according to your desires. It's never too early to address your future, and it may be in your best interest to consider your estate planning needs, including a living will.

Source: findlaw.com, "Living Will Basics," Accessed Jan. 2, 2017

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