Among the nearly 800,000 Americans surveyed in over 150 different studies performed by the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center, it turns out that only 36.7% of them had completed some form of advance directive. If you are starting to think about estate planning, you may be aware of advance directives or it may be something completely new. Whether you know that you need an advance directive already or you are not entirely sure what an advance directive really is and are trying to figure out if it’s something you really need, an experienced attorney can help.
At The Law Office of Gregory L. Williams, I am here for you. Creating an estate plan can seem daunting because it reminds us of the end of our lives, but it is a necessary step to care for your family and yourself. My firm can help protect you and your beneficiaries and ensure your assets are protected and wishes upheld.
I proudly serve clients in Columbus, Ohio as well as the surrounding areas throughout central Ohio. Reach out to me today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your options.
What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to doctors or other medical personnel.
There are three main types of advance directives: a living will, power of attorney, and health care proxy. Each type includes different decision-making powers:
- A living will covers the kind of medical treatment that you desire if something were to happen.
- A power of attorney allows a designated person to make bank transactions, sign Social Security checks, apply for disability, or simply write checks to pay the utility bill while you are medically incapacitated.
- A healthcare proxy allows a designated person to make medical decisions on your behalf.