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Doing medical care planning now can prevent issues in the future

Getting older, getting sick and needing medical assistance is all a part of life. Whether people like to think of these issues or not, they happen. Being prepared for these things is important, but it is something for which many Texas residents fail to effectively plan. Taking the time to handle medical care planning now will only make things easier down the road for one's family.

A lot of people are unsure of where to start when is comes to medical care planning. There are numerous things to consider, so it is understandable that it can feel a bit overwhelming and even confusing. When it comes to planning for future medical needs, the best place to start is weighing the options for care and looking at one's current insurance coverage. By reviewing just these two things, one can make informed decisions about what further coverage may be needed or desired and what kind of assistance truly is within one's reach.

What happens if a medical care plan is not in place? If one becomes incapacitated, decisions for medical care will be left to either an assigned personal representative or one's family members. Without a medical care plan, decisions may be made that go against the wishes one might have for him or herself. Disputes may also arise between family members of acceptable treatments.

Medical care planning is not always an easy topic to broach with one's family, but it really needs to be done if one has certain wishes for future treatment. It is always better to prepare for the future so that when needed, family members know what is expected. An experienced estate planning attorney can assist Texas residents in creating care plans that are clear and detailed and ready to go if or when needed.

Source: kiplinger.com, "A Guide to Planning a Loved One's Long-Term Care", Mikey Rox, Feb. 27, 2017

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