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Preparing for the future, today; that's what planning ahead is all about. Communicating your end-of-life wishes to your loved ones, appointing a healthcare power of attorney, and addressing financial issues such as wills and paying for long-term care are just a few of the issues you can address today to plan ahead.
One ways to plan ahead is with Advance Directives. Advance Directive, also called "Living Wills" allow you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life.
Before your Advance Directives can guide medical decision-making two physicians must certify:
A medical power of attorney (or healthcare proxy) allows you to appoint a person you trust as your healthcare agent (or surrogate decision maker), who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf.
Before a medical power of attorney goes into effect a person's physician must conclude that they are unable to make their own medical decisions. In addition:
Advance directives are legally valid throughout the United States. While you do not need a lawyer to fill out an advance directive, your advance directive becomes legally valid as soon as you sign them in front of the required witnesses. The laws governing advance directives vary from state to state, so it is important to complete and sign advance directives that comply with your state's law. Also, advance directives can have different titles in different states.
A Kentucky Living Will packet is available at the following web site.http://ag.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/2DA643B3-B474-44B6-8A7E-9EDC7B88FD1C/0/livingwillpacket.pdf