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Why Is A Health Care Directive Important-Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney

Who Will Make Health Care Decisions On Your Behalf?

A Health Care Directive is a document that directs medical treatment and medications you would want to receive when you become disabled and cannot express your own wishes.

6 Ways Health Care Directives Fail

A Crucial Part Of An Estate Plan

One of the most important pieces of a person's estate plan is the Health Care Directive. Simply put, the Health Care Directive (or HCD for short), spells out how a person wants to be cared for when they become disabled. I say when they become disabled, because people are six times more likely to become disabled than die in a given year. We will all be disabled at one point; it could be the last 20 minutes of our life or the last 20 years.

Mom Is Not Taking Her Meds

Taking Care of Our Mothers

Many of us have elderly parents and grandparents who we care for. While it may be sending packages or phone calls from across the USA, or stopping by every day at lunch to check on them, we value our elderly mothers and grandmothers. It's no surprise that when we discover that our mother is not taking her medication, we can feel upset or helpless in this situation.

Dad Is Not Taking His Meds

Caring For Our Elderly Parents

Taking care of an elderly parent or grandparent is something that many of us deal with on a frequent basis. As Americans live longer, this is becoming more and more common. Dealing with our parent's care can be very emotional and difficult when problems arise.

What Is A Guardianship?

Protecting Our Loved Ones

It's no secret that as we age, more and more of us are going to require someone else to make decisions for us at some stage of our lives. Our needs will change and we will become more dependent on others for our health and well-being. In fact, many of us are facing this issue now, as our elderly parents and grandparents grow older. Mom or Dad or Grandma may be dealing with an illness, such as Alzheimer's disease, or injury, such as a broken hip, that may require the care or supervision from a trustworthy family member.

Does Your Living Will Really Protect You and Your Family?

An Important Estate Planning Document

One of the most important estate planning documents is your Living Will. A Living Will directs what medical treatment and medications you should receive when you become disabled and cannot express your own wishes. Living Wills are designed to protect you and your family.

Minnesota Gay And Lesbian Partners Need A Trust

About 70% of People Never Complete Their Estate Plans

Did you know that about 70% of people never complete their estate plans in their lifetimes? This can work fine for some straight couples because Minnesota estate planning laws presume to leave the inheritance to their spouses, children, parents or siblings. For most gay and lesbian couples, however, this legal standard is often totally opposite of what they want.

Senior Woman Wants To Protect Her Estate After New Marriage

Senior Woman Meets New Man

Elizabeth is a senior woman. She is a very independent person and has been diligent in saving money throughout her entire life. Her husband Albert died five years ago. After his passing, Elizabeth was very lonely until she met Ronald, whose wife Audrey died three years ago.

What Is A Living Will / Health Care Directive?

When You Go To A Minnesota Hospital

When you are taken to a hospital in Minnesota from an accident or illness, it may be too late to prepare the documents to assure you the care you want or to provide access to your medical information for your loved ones. This could create a major issue when your family is faced with making a decision on the type of treatment you receive.

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