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What makes having an advance medical directive important?

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Understandably, many New York residents value the peace of mind provided by advance medical directives. These directives let you detail medical-related instructions if you’re incapacitated or communication is otherwise impossible. Having such control benefits you and your loved ones in several ways.

Potentially fewer expenses

No matter how sizeable, each estate has a finite value. Because of that, wanting to minimize expenses paid for by your estate is understandable. Fortunately, an advance directive can be a cost-saving estate planning tool for you and your beneficiaries.

Avoiding costly medical procedures

Your loved ones would do everything possible to take care of you. However, when you’re dealing with terminal illnesses, potential treatments may only serve to delay the inevitable. Fortunately, an advance medical directive lets you list expensive treatments you don’t want. These decisions help ensure more of your assets go to your beneficiaries.

Living with less pain

Some medical treatments, while beneficial, can also be extremely painful. You may not want to undergo such painful procedures or treatments. Including this information in an advance directive lets medical professionals know what type of care to avoid providing.

Eliminating difficult decisions

Dealing with the incapacitation of a loved one is bad enough. Making crucial medical-related decisions for another person can feel even more daunting. Setting up an advance directive helps eliminate bickering and confusion among your loved ones. Instead of wondering about your wishes, advance directives clearly state what to do next. At the same time, these directives can also help prevent disagreements among your loved ones.

Before you finish your advance directive document, you must appoint someone to carry out its wishes. Due to the importance of this position, ensure you choose someone trustworthy and capable of making hard decisions. This person may not always be a friend or family member.