Smithtown estate planning lawyers at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC will help you to make plans for the future and to make effective use of legal documents and tools to put those plans in place. There are many different issues that you should address as you prepare for the future. In addition to considering what your legacy will be after you are gone, it is also important to think about what could happen if you become very sick or sustain a serious injury.
Advanced directives can provide invaluable help to you and your loved ones in case you become too sick or hurt to provide insight into whether you wish to accept or deny medical care. It is important to have advanced directives in place for many different reasons, and you should reach out to Smithtown estate planning attorneys to get help creating the documents you need in case of a medical emergency. You can give us a call to get personalized help from a compassionate and knowledgeable member of our legal team in creating advanced directives that you need. You can also read on to learn some of the key reasons why making advanced directives is so important to you.
Advanced Directives Can Give You Control Over Your Care
When you prepare advanced directives for healthcare, you can be specific about the situations in which you’d prefer to receive emergency care and when you don’t want extraordinary measures used to prolong your life. There are often difficult choices to make about balancing quality of life versus quantity of life and advanced directives give you the chance to think about these issues and make your preferences known. By accepting or declining specific kinds of care, you can maintain your autonomy even if you are unable to give your consent to treatment in circumstances when a medical emergency arises. You have the ability to control the kinds of care you receive, so you will not be kept alive by artificial means if you don’t want to be and so you won’t be denied care you would have preferred to receive. You can also name a healthcare proxy so you can ensure that the right trusted person makes decisions on care issues you did not specifically address.
Advanced Directives Will Allow Decisions to be Made Quickly
In a medical emergency, it is often important to make decisions very quickly. If you cannot communicate or give consent, there could be delays in important choices about your care while a family member is found. There could also be delays until a decision is made regarding who has authority over your care, especially if your family disagrees on the best course of action. You don’t have to worry about this if you have advanced directives accepting or declining specific kinds of care and naming a healthcare proxy so it is clear who has authority to make choices on your behalf.
Advanced Directives Will Spare Your Family from Difficult Decisions
Your family could find themselves forced to make life or death decisions if you have not put advanced directives in place before you get sick or hurt. It is often very difficult for close family members to decide to withhold care or to make the choice to keep you alive on a feeding tube or a ventilator. Your family members could end up feeling guilty over the choices they made and you don’t want to put people you love in that position if you can avoid doing so by using advanced directives.
Getting Help from Smithtown Estate Planning Lawyers
Smithtown estate planning lawyers at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide the personalized assistance that you need to create advanced directives for healthcare and to otherwise take the necessary steps to be prepared for whatever the future brings. No one likes to think about a future where they get sick or pass away but if you don’t put a plan in place for a medical emergency, for incapacity, and for what happens after your death, you and your loved ones will be in a far worse situation if things go wrong. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can make the process of planning for the worst as easy and stress free as possible.
To find out more about how our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can help you, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online at any time for help.