Estate planning attorneys at Parman & Easterday are here to help you address the issues that can affect you and your family if you get sick or as you age. You never know when something could happen to you, so it is important to work with an experienced attorney even when you are younger to get the right plans in place to protect yourself in case tragedy strikes your family.
There are many different ways estate planning attorneys can help you prepare for the future. One key thing you should do to make certain you are ready to cope with serious illness or injury is ensure you have advanced directives in place. Putting advanced directives in place before you get sick is good for you and your family. Parman & Easterday will help and provide personalized advice. Read on to find out some key reasons why estate planning attorneys believe advanced directives are so important.
Advanced Directives Spare Your Family Difficult Choices
Advanced directives allow you to specify your preferences now regarding whether you want extraordinary measures to be used to keep you alive or to prolong your life. Whether these advanced medical tools should be used is a very personal decision and also a life and death decision.
If your family does not know your wishes, they may have trouble making choices that could end your life. This can be a nearly impossible decision to make, and it can leave your family members with lingering guilt over whether or not they made the choice that was right for you.
It can also put your family into a no win position if they cannot agree on what your preferences would have been. Your family could end up fighting over the decisions to be made about your life. This can destroy family bonds and even result in your family going to court and having this life or death decision made by a judge. You don’t want this to happen to your family. Advanced directives make sure it does not.
Advanced Directives Allow for Timely Decisions
When a life and death decision needs to be made, it needs to be made quickly. Without an advanced directive in place, doctors will not know whether to move forward with specific types of care. There may be a delay while a family member is found with the authority to consent to or deny treatment on your behalf. This type of delay can affect the kind of care you receive.
Advanced Directives Ensure You Only Get Care You Want
Most people have a clear idea of the circumstances under which they wish to be kept alive or to have their life prolonged. If you find yourself with a serious illness or injury that could leave you without quality of life, you may not want care provided to extend the time you have to live. On the other hand, you may want any measure to be used to keep you alive as long as possible. When you make advanced directives, you specify what kinds of care you do and do not want with regard to these life and death choices.
Getting Help from Estate Planning Attorneys
Estate planning attorneys at Parman & Easterday will provide the personalized help and support you need to create advanced directives. We understand thinking about a serious illness is never fun, so we make the creation of advanced directives as simple and stress free as possible.
To find out more about how our firm can help you to prepare in case of illness, injury, or your death, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call today at (405) 843-6100 or (913) 385-9400 or contact us online to get personalized help with whatever your situation is.