An advance healthcare directive is a legal document that allows you to predetermine what type of medical care will be provided to you if you are incapacitated. In an advance healthcare directive in California you can dictate who should be your medical provider or what types of medical procedures you do not want performed. An advance healthcare directive is a critical element of a well-rounded estate plan.
Here’s a list of when it is advisable to have an advance healthcare directive in place:
- You live alone and have major surgery scheduled soon.
- You have religious preferences that must be followed when medical decisions are being made on your behalf.
- You have an irreversible, debilitating disease.
- You are living your life with no medical issues or concerns but you want to be ready just in case.
In short, you should ALWAYS have an advance healthcare directive in place just in case something happens.