advanced directivesAdvance directives are important documents because they are statements in which you provide instructions regarding your health care.  These documents allow you to designate someone to act on your behalf in the event that you are no longer able to make or communicate your own decisions regarding your health care.  These documents can also set forth your wishes regarding important health care decisions such as the use or withdrawal of life prolonging procedures.  Examples of advance directives are health care surrogate designations and living wills.  

It is important to consult an attorney regarding your advance directives. An attorney can explain your options and answer any questions you may have regarding your advance directives.

It is difficult to think about the possibility of becoming incapacitated.  However, it is important to make your health care wishes clearly known.  This will allow those acting on your behalf to make your health care decisions as you would make them.  Once your advance directives have been drafted and signed, it is important to communicate with your family, friends and health care providers.

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