Tuesday is National Healthcare Decision Day and it is coming to remind us all to make sure that we have our medical wishes in writing in case they need to be carried out. Having an Advance Directive for Healthcare (a.k.a. living will) is one of the most important aspects of estate planning because it is in this document is where someone names their healthcare power of attorney (the person who can make medical decisions for them should they become incapacitated or incompetent) and details what their medical wishes are, i.e. do not resuscitate, only allow food and water, organ donation, etc. It is very important to have this document executed while you are still healthy and competent to ensure your wishes are carried out in the event of an accident or pending medical procedure.
Most hospitals will force you to sign and Advance Directive before any medical procedure will be performed, so why not have one in place beforehand to give to them so you know what you are agreeing to without having to be rushed to sign something?