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Important estate planning documents everyone should have

When many Kent area residents think about estate planning, they often think it's about creating wills. While wills are important and major documents, there are many other health care directives that are included in an estate plan. We have highlighted a few medical condition documents in the following paragraphs.

There are many cases where a person suffers from a medical condition where they are not able to make medical decisions on their own. The first document a person needs in the event of this happening to them is a power of attorney. A power of attorney gives someone else the ability to act on your behalf in case a person become incapacitated. There can be a medical power of attorney and a financial power of attorney.

A living will is another important document that clearly states what medical procedures should be used under certain circumstances. It can dictate whether a person would want to be placed on life support, be resuscitated and designate steps for other important medical interventions.

A person can also have a life-prolonging procedure declaration. That would spell out a person's desire to have every life-saving procedure done to them. The final healthcare document that can be helpful is a HIPAA release. This ensures that an authorized representative will have access to a person's medical records. This can help them make the best medical decisions possible.

No one want to think about what would happen if they became incapacitated, but planning for this worst-case scenario is important. A legal professional who is skilled in estate planning can help their client with many different estate planning techniques, including the typical wills and trusts, along with medical documents.

A person who has important estate planning documents created can feel like they have done everything ahead of time and at the time of their incapacitation or death, their wishes will be followed. This peace of mind regarding health care needs is invaluable for families.

Source:, "4 estate planning documents you need beyond a will", Sara Schafer, Nov. 21, 2016

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