Advance Directives Answer Crucial Questions

At the Law Office of Walter A. Twachtman, Jr., J.D., LL.M., LLC, some clients come into our offices confused about the difference between various type of legal documents with which we can help them. Our lead attorney, Walter A. Twachtman Jr., uses a simple explanation of the main division between estate planning documents and advance directives. Estate planning documents such as wills and trusts are intended to express an individual’s desires for distribution of his or her estate upon death. Advance directives spell out people’s preferences for how they would want to be cared for if they face life-threatening medical conditions or situations that leave them unable to communicate their wishes to medical personnel.

Our firm can help you assess your situation and create documents that express your wishes for what you want to happen to you and your estate, before and after you die.

Building Your Portfolio Of Advance Directives

It is useful to think of advance directives as legal documents that work together to protect your wishes for your care during life-threatening or end-of-life medical situations. The most important documents to have in your advance directive portfolio include:

  • A living will. This document discusses your preferences for a wide range of medical situations – including procedures you do or do not want done, the use of life support equipment and whether you wish to be resuscitated if your breathing or heart stops.
  • A medical (health care) power of attorney. This document designates another person (often a family member or friend) as a health care proxy or agent to ensure that the terms of your living will are carried out. They are empowered to make medical decisions for you.
  • A financial power of attorney. This document functions like a health care power of attorney, but deals with the ability to pay your bills, maintain your bank accounts and generally look after your financial well-being.

Powers of attorney can be either durable, meaning they go into effect immediately after being completed, or springing, which means they take effect only when you can no longer understand or communicate your wishes for care.

Give Your Family The Gift Of Peace Of Mind

Advance directives help ease difficult caregiving decisions. Call our office in Glastonbury at 860-659-5657 or use our online contact form to make an appointment. We work with clients throughout Hartford County.