Senior Life — Responsible Planning Documents for the New Year
A new year is a fresh opportunity and a new chance to plan and prepare for the future. It’s a great time to go ahead and dig into those not-so-fun tasks that you avoided the year prior. Legal documents and orders are no one’s idea of a fun New Year’s resolution, but they are necessary and helpful. So, with that in mind, consider this a quick catch-up on some files you should have on hand for the future. After you’re done the ensuing months will be that much more stress free as you have one less thing to worry about.
A lot of us put off getting a will but it’s nothing to be afraid of. It is, however, a very important document that will prevent a lot of headaches and trouble in the future. A will allows you to name an executor to carry out your final wishes as well as determine what to do with what’s left behind when the day comes. At such a sensitive time your loved ones would much rather remember you and carry out those final wishes than get embroiled in legalities and confusion.
It’s not even as daunting of a task as you may think. Many online resources exist to help with this. The actual legal requirements may surprise you with how lenient they are. Most states do not even require the form to be notarized, simply that it be signed by the person granting the will and two witnesses.
Along these same lines is the living will, or as it is more formally known, Advance Directives. This document allows you to appoint a proxy actor for your care decisions, in the event that you are terminally ill, unconscious or otherwise indisposed.
This allows you to specify decisions you have made about how you would like to be cared for in the event of illness, trauma, etc. Again, there are several quick and easy tools to help you with this process and it is something you can do on your own if you feel comfortable.
Within the living will or Advance Directives is where a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order should be placed. For a variety of reasons, you may prefer to not be resuscitated through physical or mechanical means, should your heart or lungs stop working. This is a personal choice, but it is a valid choice however you choose.
While these documents are your own to decide on however you see fit, you should talk about them with those you love. Let them know the decisions you are taking and discuss them. This may help bring peace and understandinto all and additionally serve to alleviate any confusion that may arise at a later time.
Even though these are files and decisions that most of us would rather not approach, that is precisely why we should finish them and file them away. Planning for the future and preparing these documents now, at the beginning of a fresh new year, will give you peace of mind and you won’t have to worry about them and think about them anymore.
If you have any questions about these items or how to handle them, please don’t hesitate us. We’re happy to help and wish you a wonderful new year.