If Your End-of-Life Care Wishes Change, Update Your Estate Plan

End-of-life care is an important aspect of estate planning, and your wishes for that care may change over time. Your changing goals and wishes should be reflected in your estate plan and may require that you modify your documents.

Estate Plan Changes to Consider Regarding End-of-Life Care

What are some of the ways that your end-of-life care wishes may change over time? The following are eight examples:

  1. You do not want to receive treatment that prolongs the dying process if you are seriously ill.
  2. You do not want to receive life-sustaining treatment if you are permanently unconscious.
  3. You wish to donate your organs.
  4. You wish to limit in some way the authority of your agent to make certain decisions on your behalf.
  5. You want to express your wishes regarding the administration, withholding, or withdrawal of artificial nutrition or hydration or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  6. You wish to express your wishes regarding an autopsy.
  7. You wish to express your wishes regarding your remains, such as cremation or burial.
  8. You wish to express your wishes with regard to pain relief.

When it is time to update your estate plan, we can guide you through the process of making decisions that align with your changing needs and goals. We encourage you to contact us today at (714) 459-5481 for more information.

 

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