Creating an estate plan in Nevada is about more than protecting your assets. It is also about protecting your healthcare wishes. One aspect of an estate plan that many people overlook is a healthcare directive, and MAC explains why it is so important.

If there is a point where you become unable to speak for yourself or completely incapacitated, have you decided who should speak for you? Making this choice can be hard because you want someone who understands your wishes and what type of treatment you are willing to undergo to stay alive. You also want someone who will make the right decisions when it comes to comfort or palliative care, and all these issues can be addressed with a healthcare directive.

When serious accidents or injuries happen, your family is already dealing with stress and emotion. The last thing they want to do is fight over what decisions you wanted to make when it comes to things like life support, resuscitation or hospice care. If you have a healthcare directive as part of your estate plan, not only are you able to give guidance about your healthcare wishes, but you have already singled out someone who is in charge of articulating your wishes, which relieves the stress on your family members if they do not agree how far to go with treatment or they have a hard time letting go.

A healthcare directive can help you avoid unnecessary pain, unwanted hospitalization and unhelpful procedures. It can also reduce conflict between your family members, minimize stress and give them peace of mind about your medical treatment. An estate planning attorney can answer any questions you have about a healthcare directive.

This is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.