Consider adding an advance health directive to estate plans

Getting older affects each person differently than the next. Some Texas residents may be able to maintain their good health well into their elder years, and others may experience mental or physical health issues. Because it is not easy to predict which will be the case for any one person, creating an advance medical directive as part of an estate plan is wise.

This document can allow interested individuals to address important areas of their care. Typically, this document goes into effect when someone cannot make important health care decisions for him or herself. The document can name a person to act as the agent in charge of making important decisions on behalf of the incapacitated person. Because most people do not want just anyone to have that power, planning ahead can help prevent unwanted appointments.

Additionally, the document can explain the wishes the person wants in various health-related scenarios. This information can help the appointed agent know what type of care the person wants or does not want in the event of a serious injury or illness. Having these wishes written down in a legally-binding document could help ensure that those wishes are followed when needed.

Of course, an advance health directive is not just for the elderly. Adults of any age could end up in an incapacitating situation, so all adults could benefit from creating this document. If Texas residents are interested in using this type of instructional document as part of their estate plans, they may wish to gain more information from local legal resources about the benefits, uses, creation and implementation of such a directive.

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