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Do I need both a living will and a health care power of attorney?

A living will and a durable power of attorney for health care are two types of advance directives. They are both legal documents which you can use to help make your wishes for medical care known in the event you become unable to express them yourself. Because of the similarities, people sometimes wonder why they might need both documents in their estate plan.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Estate Plan

Perhaps you created an estate plan years ago. Since then, your family has grown by marriages and births, you sold off a family business, and you acquired new property in a vacation home. Now, you need to update your estate plan due to your changing circumstances.

Estate plans in Washington can be easily updated. You want to ensure that the right beneficiaries are receiving your assets. You also want to ensure that you have given authority to only the most responsible individuals to manage your funds if you become incapacitated. Without updating your estate plan, you could accidentally forget to assign specific assets to new family members, or you could give power of attorney to an individual that may now prove unfit for the role. When you experience small or large life changes, it is crucial that you maintain and update your estate plan.