An Advance Directive is a two-part document that designates someone to make medical decisions on your behalf, and gives that person guidance regarding what medical care you want to receive. You have probably heard this document referred to as a durable power of attorney for health care, living will, and/or medical power of attorney.
Though an Advance Directive is important in your last days of life, it is also critical if you are ever in an accident and temporarily unable to make your own medical decisions. By completing an Advance Directive, you take control of your health and minimize the stress on your loved ones caused by such difficult times. Estate planning is not only about your finances, after all.