The health care power of attorney was one of the main topics discussed at events held in Maryland and all across the country recently in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day. Every April 16th has been devoted to the importance of advance care planning. Of all the information that was presented, one thing was heard over and over: a health care power of attorney may be the best gift that you ever give your family.
Every family member needs to be aware of the need to address end-of-life and healthcare decisions within the family. Healthcare decisions do not merely relate to old age, because many issues can arise for those who are legal adults and typically able to make their own decisions. Accidents and health problems occur that require decisions to be made that people may not be able to make for themselves, so it is important that power of attorney be addressed in Maryland and everywhere else.
When many Americans sit down to tackle their estate planning, most cover the bases fairly thoroughly. A will is written, detailing who will receive which of our belongings and how our assets are to be divided. Our wishes for funeral arrangements are laid out, ensuring that our loved ones will not be burdened with making those decisions at a time of grief.
Frequently, when a relative passes away in Maryland and elsewhere, family members are not sure how to handle distribution of some of the assets. All kinds of digital assets, including online pictures, bank data, high-tech phones, and more are a lot to sift through. Dividing up this property can place added stress on relatives, already mourning the loss of a loved one, when a will or other estate planning document does not detail what is to occur.
When people face the end of their lives, they may find themselves unable to dictate the terms of their medical treatment. This may be because they are either completely incapacitated due to an illness or simply unable to communicate. To avoid this kind of situation, it may be beneficial to draw up a living will.