End of Life Documentation to Ensure Wishes

How to start planning your financial & medical future

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Emily Crowley

Most of us approach end of life planning by thinking about what we’ll leave behind. While this is an essential piece, there is so much to consider in regard to healthcare and finances. 

If you become unable to communicate your wishes for medical care or make responsible financial decisions, it will likely be up to someone close to you to make a call on your behalf, whether or not they know what you would have wanted. 

Even if you’ve made your preference clear, loved ones can’t (or won’t!) necessarily follow through unless a legal document ensures it. This is why I always recommend a comprehensive life plan that includes legal documentation and covers questions like:

How do you feel about life support and pain management? Where do you draw the line?

What are your thoughts on burial or cremation? What sentiment would you like to be expressed at your funeral or memorial service?

To get you started, here are some of the most important documents for end of life preparedness:

Emily Crowley is a Legal Analyst and Staff Writer at Legal Templates, where she provides advice on estate planning and associated documents. Emily is especially motivated to improve education and access to proper legal planning in minority and underserved groups.

Categories: Planning Ahead, Estate Planning and Wills, Healthcare and Benefits, Finance

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