It’s helpful if you can let your doctors know in advance what you want to happen if you can’t speak for yourself. An Advance Health Care Directive lays out who you want to speak for you and what kind of treatments you want. In this way, you are prepared before health care decisions need to be made.
As an estate planning attorney, I am often asked by clients where their original estate planning documents should be kept. Estate planning documents can include your original will, power of attorney, trust, or advance health care directive.