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Creating an advance health care directive is an important step in the estate planning process. This crucial document is necessary in order to appoint someone to make health care decisions on your behalf. An advance health care directive also allows you to outline your wishes with regard to your medical care. In order to ensure that your directive is used to its maximum effectiveness, it is wise to give a copy to certain individuals and entities.

7 People Who Should Receive a Copy of Your Advance Health Care Directive

Who should receive a copy of your advance health care directive? The following is an overview of suggestions:

  1. Your doctor
  2. The person you appoint as your agent
  3. Any person you cite as an alternate agent in the event your initial agent is unable or unwilling to serve in the role
  4. Your other health care providers
  5. The health care institution that is providing you with care
  6. Family members, such as a spouse, sibling, or children
  7. Other responsible parties who are likely to be called if there is a medical emergency, such as a friend or neighbor

Perhaps most importantly, your attorney should have copies of all of your estate planning documents. That way, if something happens to you, your loved ones know where to turn for guidance. We have filled this important role for many clients and their families in the past. We are here to help you as well. Check out our client testimonials page today to learn more.

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