When New York residents think about planning for the future, many of them consider trips they would like to take, having a family, reaching career goals or other similar positive events. However, it is also important to plan for the not-so-positive life events. In particular, it is wise to plan for a potentially serious health condition.

Individuals of any age could develop a health condition or suffer serious injuries in an accident that leaves them incapacitated or which could prove terminal. In these situations, it is important that medical staff members know how to treat their patients, even if those patients cannot voice their wishes for care. Fortunately, living wills can detail how patients want their treatments carried out. However, only 37 percent of individuals across the country have advance health care directives.

These directives can prove invaluable to loved ones. Family members are often left in the difficult position of making care-related decisions for their incapacitated loved ones, and without knowing what the loved ones wanted, each choice can be heart-wrenching. A living will can allow family members to know what a loved one wanted in terms of care and feel more at ease with decisions ahead.

serious health condition can sometimes leave a person unable to speak for him or herself. By planning ahead, New York residents can still have a voice in the way their health care is handled. Individuals interested in creating their advance health care directives may wish to speak with estate planning attorneys who can provide useful information on this tool and other planning options.