Certain illnesses can progress to a point where a patient is no longer able to make decisions independently or express wishes regarding health care. This is one reason why estate planning is especially important for those in the earlier stages of degenerative brain diseases. Having plans in place can allow a Massachusetts adult to maintain control over his or her health care and have the final say over what happens to personal property.
When making plans for the future, it is essential to prioritize the potential long-term effects of the disease. This means thinking about what someone with a progressive medical condition could need in months and years ahead regarding financial support and medical care. Planning for disability and even making health care plans is possible with thorough and thoughtful estate planning.
The steps someone should take and the documents that should be drafted depend on the details of the individual situation. The type of disease, long-term prognosis, potential needs and other factors should all be part of the planning process. This means that loved ones will not be left to make difficult and potentially life-altering medical and financial decisions without knowing what their family member would have wanted.
Estate planning can be an emotionally challenging process, especially when it is someone who is dealing with a serious illness. It’s not easy to make these plans, but it’s worthwhile to do so as soon as possible. This can provide peace of mind for both individual and the Massachusetts family members who may provide support and care in the future.