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4 reasons you may need an advance directive

When you create an advance directive, you lay out your wishes for medical care in writing. These are decisions you would typically make in person, at the time they need to be made, but the advance directive gives you some insurance if you're unable to do that. You can address things like what lifesaving machines you want the doctors to use and whether or not you should be resuscitated.

4 advantages of a special needs trust

You have an heir with special needs, and you are trying to figure out your best course of action during your estate planning. You want to provide for that person and help him or her significantly after you pass away, but you do not accidentally want to do something with unintended consequences. What should you do?

A proxy directive versus an instruction directive

You may know what types of medical care you want, but what if you cannot tell the doctors? What if you have a stroke, for instance, and you are unconscious when you reach the hospital. How are doctors supposed to know if you want to use life support, if you want to be resuscitated and what other types of care they should provide?

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