Concerning decisions such as life support and organ donation, the little pink dot dotting the back of one’s license doesn’t suffice: you need more to adequately direct care and treatment if incapacitated and upon one’s death.
The Advance Health Care Directive:
Bolstered by a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) authorization form to facilitate access to records, the Advance Health Care Directive appoints your preferred Health Care Agent to make essential decisions (like taking extreme measures to prolong life… or not).
The advance appointment of an agent ensures your wishes will be honored if you become unable to communicate your choices. The Directive will also nominate an additional functionary (a Conservator of Person and Estate) if such appointment is required (in a case of long-term incapacitation).
In the event Agents or Conservators are unavailable to act when called upon, then rest assured: your Directive will have already designated alternate functionaries in the order of priority, which you specify.
The Advance Health Care Directive is a forward-thinking measure.
Some Sentences on Singletons:
If you’re a Bridget without a beau and “kid-less” to boot, you might wonder,
Why do I need an Advance Health Care Directive?
Being wed and/or possessing one’s own nuclear family is a frequent incentive for estate planning: you answer to others. There is a duty to put directions in place. Yet, bachelors and bachelorettes must likewise consider the repercussions of possible incapacitation. In matters of life and death, even an unattached person presumably wants her faith or metaphysical preferences honored. Though you may answer only to you, you need to nominate agents for health care (as well as financial management) in contemplation of the event that you can’t administer matters yourself.