It is how nature has built man, the built in feature of love for fellow humans, especially who are real close, your family. Sometimes you need to take decisions that are hard, but they are in the best interest of your family. You may or may not have heard about the term Advance Medical Directive and Probate Law; these concern the future of your family and definitely yours as well.
Before we go on to discuss the two interrelated terms it is important to know that both of these relate to your end of life planning. Some people may not give much heed to end of life decisions but as an inevitable truth of life, it would be only wise to plan the whole thing such a way that it becomes nobility.
What is Probate Law?
Probate law relates to the lawful procedure of disbursing the assets and property of the deceased. Though largely controlled by the will of the owner, all the possessions are listed, verified, and valued for settlements against creditor’s claims, property tax, probate charges, and finally for passing on to the beneficiaries.
If you do some good asset planning, assisted by a goo estate-planning attorney (recommended), you can have the peace of mind that the best value of your estate passes on to your loved ones. A good estate planning attorney being a professional who understands probate laws inside out would be your best help in legally creating a plan that would benefit you most.
Advance Medical Directive
Advance Medical Directive also known as the advance health directive is another legal process whereby you can give a set of written instructions in advance regarding how you want to be medically cared for at the end of your life. Of course, this has to comply with your state laws, so better if you have professional help at your aid.
The benefits drawn from this type of advance directive is that you get to make decisions relating to your health care well in advance as preferred by you. This could be important, as you may not be able to take such decisions later on due to some incapacitation, or the state of your health.
Here two things need mentioning, one, the advance medical directive only becomes active if you are unable to make your own decisions due to some sort of incapacitation. Second, you can appoint a trusted friend or a family member as an agent or fiduciary to take important health care decisions on your behalf.
So both, a good estate plan and an advance health directive could help save your loved ones a lot of botheration, especially at a time when you would not be able to make decisions in their best interest at that particular time.