According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, approximately one in four of today?s 20 year-olds will become disabled before becoming retirement eligible. Given this reality, individuals in this age group should consider the practical necessity of having a medical power of attorney and advanced medical directive (?living will?) in place. Of course, beyond the reality of playing the odds is the bottom line desire to articulate your decisions for yourself and not leaving to the court your fate.
A medical power of attorney and living will work together to select and empower trusted individuals to access medical records, make medical decisions, and speak to end of life decisions, if so granted.