No one wants to think that they will get older and require medical care at some point in their lives. But, aging happens to all of us and it is best to have a plan, such as a living will, for these circumstances.
The end of life and death is not commonly something that anyone likes to talk about but because of advances in medical technology, and the ability to prolong life, it is important that individuals focus on long-term care planning and make their wishes for later in life, or end-of-life, known. The importance of protecting loved ones can be two-fold as individuals prepare for end-of life circumstances and situations, as well as those following the end of their lives.
Getting older is inevitable, but even knowing this fact many Washington residents fail to adequately prepare for their futures and the futures of loved ones. As much as some people may prefer to ignore the health and financial issues that go along with aging, dealing with and having a plan for these problems can help people avoid difficult situations in the future.
Many Washington residents think of estate planning as something that only comes in useful after they die. Certainly, a will or a trust can carry out a deceased person's wishes and provide for their loved ones, but estate planning can also involve preparations for events that will occur while one is still alive.