Most of us associate the estate planning process with thinking ahead for what will happen to your assets or even care for your minor children after you pass away. But end of life care considerations can also raise critical questions that affect you and your loved ones.
If you have specific wishes regarding the financial management of your affairs if you were to become incapacitated, or the medical treatments you do and do not want to receive, you need to create an end-of-life care plan. Alongside your estate plan this helps to ensure that your wishes are respected to the greatest degree possible.
Overall, your end-of-life care plan includes things regarding your wishes and intentions for:
• Emergency contacts
• Advanced healthcare directives
• A summary of your health care condition
• Information about your health care providers
• End-of-life care wishes
In the heat of the moment, you may be unable to speak for yourself and your loved ones may not agree on the best course of action for your treatment. Getting approved to make decisions on your behalf takes time and may add to the stress.
If you have certain wishes for what you want to happen in future years, it is critical that you share these and document them with the help of an estate planning attorney. Our Virginia Beach estate planning office can help you determine what should be put in place so you have peace of mind about your future.