When you begin the estate planning process in California, you likely will want to consider creating an advance directive for healthcare. California law establishes a comprehensive instrument you can utilize to address health care and associated issues as part of your overall efforts during the process of the preparation and review of all of your estate planning documents.
California advance directive
The process of addressing issues like wills, trusts, POAs, health care directives can seem overwhelming. In California, dealing with an advance care directive for health care or a living will and a medical power of attorney arguably is a bit easier. This is the case because a resident of the Golden State can execute one instrument that encompasses both a durable power of attorney for health care as well as a living will.
A California advance directive permits you the ability to designate a specific individual to serve as your agent for making health care decisions when you are unable to do so on your own. You can also designate a “backup” agent to make health care decisions for you if your initial designee is unable or unavailable to serve in this capacity on your behalf.
The living will permits you the ability to define what types of care you do and do not want to receive. This allows you the ability to identify which types of extraordinary courses of treatment you do want to utilize to prolong your life under circumstances you are able to define, within the parameters of California law.