Planning for the future is crucial, especially when making decisions about your healthcare. Have you ever heard of a “living will” or an “advance directive”? These legal documents can provide essential instructions for medical care, ensuring that your wishes are honored even if you cannot communicate them yourself. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of living wills and why they are integral to your estate planning journey. So, let’s delve into the world of advance directives and discover how they can bring you peace of mind.
1: What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive, often called a living will, is a legal document that outlines your medical treatment and care preferences. It becomes effective only if you are unable to communicate your wishes. Having an advance directive in place ensures that your healthcare decisions align with your values and beliefs.
2: The Importance of Having an Advance Directive
When unexpected medical situations arise, it can be challenging for your loved ones to make decisions on your behalf. An advance directive takes the burden off their shoulders by clearly stating their healthcare preferences. Knowing that your wishes will be respected brings peace of mind to you and your family.
3: The Role of Light in the Legacy
The Twin Cities Medical Society has entrusted the responsibility of advance directives to a group called “Light the Legacy.” You can visit their website at https://www.lightthelegacy.org and access various versions of advance directives. One of the simplest versions requires you to provide basic information, such as your name, birth date, and the person you choose to speak on your behalf. The form can be easily obtained, and I am pleased to offer it to you for free at my office.
4: Exploring the Mideo Option
In addition to paper-based advance directives, there is a video version called MIDEO®. Mideo allows you to create a comprehensive medical prescription for your care through a facilitated medical evaluation with a licensed provider. The recorded information is securely stored, and you receive a MIDEO ID card to keep with your important documents. This innovative approach ensures that paramedics and healthcare providers can readily access your advance directive when needed.
Consider incorporating an advance directive into your planning process as a reputable attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. It provides a clear roadmap for your medical care, ensuring your wishes are respected and reducing the stress on your loved ones during challenging times. Whether you want to opt for a traditional paper-based advance directive or explore the modern approach with Mideo, get in touch with Sam Calvert, Attorney at Law, today!