Contemplating the possibility of your own death can be uncomfortable. Like many other Nevada residents, you might feel as though you are tempting fate. Similarly, considering a time when you might not be able to care for yourself due to an illness or injury is also unpleasant. However, it is important to make this eventuality part of your estate planning.
One of the issues to consider is what you would like to happen if you are near death. You can choose what end-of-life measures you do — or perhaps more importantly — do not want. You may also appoint someone to make health care decisions for you in medical directives if it becomes necessary.
In the alternative, a separate health care power of attorney can be executed. You might also execute a power of attorney that appoints a trusted individual to handle your property and financial affairs if you are unable to do so yourself. Powers of attorney can be as specific as you wish, or can give the agent broad powers. They can also be “springing” powers of attorney, which means that they will not become effective until you are declared incompetent or incapacitated. Otherwise, they are effective upon signing.
These documents can save your loved ones precious time and resources if they are needed. Without them, precious time and resources may be necessary in order to have a Nevada judge appoint someone as your guardian and/or conservator. In many cases, family members are already under stress regarding your condition in these circumstances. Through estate planning, you can eliminate at least one source of that stress for them.