Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Who Will Be Your Voice?

Although we don’t like to think about it, death is inevitable. And while you may already know what you want in terms of end-of-life treatment, you may be in no position at the time to express those wishes. Even something as unpredictable as a car accident or a routine surgery gone awry may leave you without the ability to voice your consent or disapproval.

By completing an Advance Directive for Health Care you are able to assign someone you trust to make health care decisions for you, as well as articulate treatment preferences in the event that “you have a terminal condition or if you are in a state of permanent unconsciousness”, if you so choose. While the conversation may be unsettling for some, it is necessary that you discuss these wishes with your loved one(s) to not only ensure that your intentions are known, but to take some of the burden off them should the need arise. Imagine your loved one(s) having to make the decision whether to withhold water and food or life support without ever knowing your thoughts on the subject. These decisions could be just as devastating to them as they could be to you. Do not force them to make that decision - tell them while you can.

People often postpone handling important personal affairs due to the time-consuming and oftentimes cost prohibitive process that is required. This is not the case with a Health Care Directive – the only requirement for validity is that the document be signed by two witnesses, with neither being related to you, entitled to any portion of your estate, an employee of your residential facility if applicable, or named as your health care agent. No notary is required.

The following link will enable you to download Georgia’s Health Care Directive, or we would be more than happy to mail you one at no expense to you. Upon completion, if you wish, you may send us a copy of your directive to retain in your file. While we are by no means providing any legal advice and it is always recommended you consult with a legal professional in order to fully understand your decisions, this document alone could potentially save you and your loved one(s) a lot of anguish down life’s unpredictable, winding road.

Best regards,
Rollins Financial, Inc.

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