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The Estate Planning Documents You Will Need For Healthcare-Related Matters

The Estate Planning Documents You Will Need For Healthcare-Related MattersIn this article, you will learn…

  • Which documents provide healthcare security in Illinois.
  • How the powers of attorney benefit incapacitated individuals.
  • How to ensure that healthcare and property decisions are properly redirected.
  • And more!

What Healthcare-Related Estate Planning Documents Are Necessary Under Illinois Law?

If you are incapacitated in any way, one of the most important documents to have is power of attorney for healthcare. The healthcare power of attorney essentially determines your agent, which is the person that will make healthcare decisions for you should you not be able to do so. They will also be able to make day-to-day decisions for you while you are incapacitated.

Without this document in place, a hospital will allow a “healthcare surrogate” to make certain decisions for you, but that surrogate does not have the power to make a full range of healthcare decisions. As such, it is better to have a power of attorney for healthcare in place because it gives your agent as much authority as you want them to have in almost any situation.

Additionally, your healthcare documents can be crafted to clearly line out just about everything that you would want to occur for you if you were incapacitated and unable to make those decisions for yourself. Not only does this allow you to have your wishes honored in any situation, it takes the burden of decision-making off of the people that you care about.

What Other Estate Planning Documents Are Helpful In The Event That Someone Becomes Incapacitated?

The property power of attorney is essential because if you are unable to make healthcare decisions it is unlikely that you are able to make any property decisions.

“Property” includes the traditional definition of the word (as it relates to real estate) as well as your personal property as it relates to finances. An appointed agent through a property power of attorney would be able to make financial decisions for you. If you have a home, rental, or bills in general, this person would be able to take care of those matters when you are unable to do so.

What Is The Role Of An Agent In Power Of Attorney Documents?

An agent’s job is not to make the decision that “they” would make, but rather to execute the decision that you, the creator, would make. This is why when you are appointing an agent, so it is imperative to choose someone who is aware of your wishes and would follow them as needed.

Can Estate Planning Documents Be Created To Determine What Happens To You After Death?

While having powers of attorney in place is essential if you are incapacitated, estate planning documents can also be drafted that would let your agent or executor know what you want to happen right after you pass away. It is not a requirement, but it could be very beneficial if you have some specific things that you want done.

For example, some people don’t like funerals, some people prefer to be cremated, some people want their bodies donated to science, and et cetera. In those types of situations, if you have specific wishes that you’d like to be upheld after you pass, it is imperative to write that information down and advise your attorney of the requirements so that the necessary documents can be created.

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