Having the choice to decide what aspects of health are important to you and what types of medical treatments you are comfortable with to achieve your desired wellness goals is a personal right. Entrusting these types of critical decisions to someone else in emergency situations can be unsettling if you have not spent adequate time preparing. At The Law Offices of William S. Dunlevy, we are experienced in helping families in California to plan their estate. 

There are many components of estate planning that you may choose to implement into your vision for the future. If you have dependents, you may wish to clarify in a will who you want to assume legal guardianship should you become incapacitated in any way. If you own large shares of investments or have notable assets, your concern may be naming heirs who you trust will utilize the value of your inheritance for an honorable purpose. Still, there are decisions to make about who you would like to execute your estate plan and who you wish to entrust your wellbeing to if you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself. 

According to U.S. News, an advance directive is a bit more detailed than just naming a medical power of attorney. An advance directive allows you to provide information and direction about what decisions you would like made under certain conditions. While addressing possible outcomes, you can clarify how you would like to be treated or not treated should you fall victim to certain diseases or emergency situations. A medical power of attorney designates someone you trust to have full jurisdiction in making medical decisions on your behalf. You can name more than one person to this title. 

When you understand the importance of the role that a medical power of attorney has, you may be more motivated to find someone who you know is aware of your needs and desires. For more information, if you are planning your estate, visit our web page.