Last week I was in the emergency room and a nurse asked me if I had a living will (medical directive). I looked at my wife and we allowed as how we had one, but had no idea where it was or what its provisions were. This brought to mind the three documents each of us needs in the event of a medical emergency:
- Medical directives/Living will/medical power of attorney
- Financial Power of Attorney
- A will
Recently a close friend died. We received a phone call one day, went to the hospital the next and the friend was removed from life support on the third day. All of this occurred with the family having to participate in heart-wrenching medical decisions because the friend did not have a medical directive/living will/medical power of attorney. The friend had done no planning, had no will and left loved ones to sort through it all, including providing for a dependent child.
Lighten the load for your loved ones. If you have questions, we’re here to help. Contact Clayton Paulk