Certain topics are timeless by nature in that they apply to Georgia residents of any age or state in life. For instance, a person need not be a certain age to consider long-term care needs and goals for his or her own future. Within that topic of discussion, many people find it important to consider various issues concerning medical care, namely care that may be given in a life or death situation.

If you were unable to speak for yourself due to mental decline or some type of physical incapacity, are you confident that your wishes concerning certain types of medical procedures would be fulfilled? Unless you have executed an advance care directive, there may be little to no way of ensuring that those to whom your care has been entrusted at the time would act according to your personal wishes. With a medical directive in place, there would be no question as to what you prefer.

Perhaps you don’t want to be resuscitated if your heart fails or do not want extraneous measures of any kind taken to prolong your life if doctors determine that death is imminent. You can make your wishes known by including properly executed documents in your estate plan and appointing one or more parties with authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so. Long-term care planning often addresses nonmedical issues as well.

J. Kevin Tharpe, P.C., is fully equipped to help you protect your family’s assets and obtain the best daily living or medical care possible according to your particular needs. We can also assist you if you’re acting on behalf of an aging parent or other immediate family member. If you would like to discuss a particular issue regarding medical care or long-term planning in Georgia, simply access the contact form on our website to request a meeting.