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Creating medical directives may be a wise New Year's resolution

The new year is just around the corner, and many New York residents may be thinking about possible resolutions they will make. While exercising more, making diet changes and finding more time to relax may be popular resolutions, individuals may want to resolve to get important affairs in order. Namely, parties may want to consider creating medical directives.

These directives can act as a part of a comprehensive estate plan. If individuals have not yet created their plans or have not updated them in a while, the first of the year is the perfect time to get started or review them. When it comes to making medical directives, individuals can create living wills that can detail how a person wants to be cared for in the event of a potentially terminal situation. Making these wishes known could bring a sense of relief to loved ones.

In many cases, people prefer to pass on in the comfort of their own homes. However, that often does not happen because individuals are in hospitals under medical supervision. Creating a living will can help parties give instruction for situations like this one, and appointing a health care power of attorney can also put someone in charge of carrying out these instructions.

Many New York residents may avoid estate planning steps like creating medical directives because they can seem morbid to think about. However, putting off planning for too long could leave loved ones in a precarious situation in which they do not know how to handle needed care. It may be a wise step to make the resolution to address estate planning matters in 2019.

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