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What is an Advance Directive for Health Care?

What is an Advance Directive for Health Care and why should I have one?

An Advance Directive for Health Care is one of several important estate planning documents. It is a written legal document which allows you to appoint another person, called a “health care representative,” to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. It also allows you to instruct your physicians on whether or not you wish to be given life sustaining treatment, such as tube feeding.

Any capable person over the age of 18 can make an Advance Directive.