National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th, and it is an important reminder for every adult to share their private wishes about medical treatment and possible end-of-life care with family.
Far too many people assume that their families would make the choices they themselves would want in an emergency. Yet every day we hear stories of adult children, siblings, or other relatives battling during a health care crisis over “what their loved one would have wanted” in that situation.
"Many of us do not think about these issues. Maybe because we saw death happening at an older age or simply, no one told us we had choices. But it is not enough to just tell someone about your wishes." Warns Charlotte wills & trusts attorney
Sabrina Winters. “You need to clearly document your preferences in writing, as well. Keep in mind that emotions can run high during a health care crisis. It may be very difficult for your loved ones to make a decision that could ultimately end your life. Having your wishes spelled out in writing helps make these types of decisions easier for them, especially in cases when other family members don’t agree. So, in honor of National Health Care Decisions Day, I encourage you to start tough conversations with loved ones about your personal medical preferences for medical or long-term care.”
Sabrina Winters Law has been assisting clients in all areas of estate planning and probate for over 12 years. After practicing in New York for 4 years, Ms. Winters began growing the firm in 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sabrina speaks to businesses, civic associations and parishes in the Charlotte area. In addition, she provides educational programs to the community throughout the year.
Sabrina is also a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. She teaches the Estate Planning course offered as a requirement of the Certified Financial Planner Certification Program.
Sabrina’s blog was selected by LexisNexis as one of the Top 25 blogs in the nation for Estate Planning and Elder Law in 2011. Sabrina writes on a weekly basis on the subjects of estate planning, probate, and special needs planning for adults and children, which has gained her respect from the community as well as her colleagues.
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