Everyone needs to have certain legal documents outlining their health care and end of life wishes. Yes, everyone, not only the elderly. This is very important because if these legal documents are not completed, the court can appoint someone to make your life decisions (Weston 2011).
These documents include:
- A Living Will
- Advance Health Care Directive (DNR)
- A Durable Power of Attorney
- Health Care Surrogate
The preparation of certain documents may require the assistance of an attorney experienced in estate planning. These documents should be reviewed every few years. Sample documents can be found in our resource manual.