An estate plan can encompass a lot of parts including a Will, Trust and Advance Directives (such as a Power of Attorney and Health Care proxy). A Health Care Proxy allows you to appoint someone you trust to make health care decisions for you at a point when you can no longer reasonably make the decisions yourself.
Know your intentions
If you suffer an incapacitating injury or if there comes a time when your decision-making abilities are impaired, you will need someone to communicate your health care decisions for you. This person is called your agent, and they are appointed under your Health Care Proxy document.
You may desire not to receive resuscitation under specific circumstances. Or, you may have instructions for the types of treatments you would feel comfortable undergoing. These are the things you should discuss with your healthcare agent so when the time comes that you cannot make your own healthcare decisions, your agent is prepared to make decisions for you.
Having an estate plan in place can protect your well-being, comfort your family, and give support to those who care about you.