If you enjoy going to the theater, maybe you’ve had a chance to see the movie Me Before You which is currently showing, and is based upon the best-selling book of the same name. The story revolves around a successful, vigorous and adventuresome young man named Will Traynor, who experiences a traumatic accident and is subsequently left a quadriplegic.
Fortunately, it’s fiction and so we can cry and cheer for him as he struggles with love and his reason to live, and when the movie ends, move on with our lives. Yet, it’s hard not to wonder what we’d do if this happened to us or to someone we love. Although you may not be spending your time scaling mountains and traveling to exotic locations as Mr. Traynor did prior to his accident, it’s possible that our lives, and those of our family, could be altered both suddenly and drastically.
It’s hard to consider our vulnerability when our lives are going as swimmingly as Will Traynor’s life had been. Yet when things are smooth, it’s the ideal time to plan for when they might not be. If we’d been written into the book (surely just an oversight), we’d have advised Mr. Traynor to put some thought into his estate plan for this sort of unanticipated event. A few important documents could ensure that you have control of your health and wealth decisions, including a:
- Living Will – An advanced directive that is sometimes called the “pull the plug” document. If you sign this document, it will allow your healthcare surrogate to give the OK to the doctor to remove any artificial life support. This is only after two doctors have agreed that nothing further can be done and that the artificial support is what is keeping you alive.
- Durable Power of Attorney – This document will allow someone to make important financial decisions for you, allow access to accounts and continue to pay bills if you are unable to do so yourself.
- Healthcare Surrogate and HIPAA Release Form – Your healthcare surrogate will make informed medical decisions after reviewing your records, which the HIPAA release will allow them to do. In the event that you are unable to authorize a surgery or make any other type of important medical decision, your healthcare surrogate will step in and do so for you.
Make the important decisions today. Call the estate planning attorneys at Wild, Felice & Partners for your free consultation at (954) 944-2855.
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