Did you know; that many confuse Powers of Attorney (POA) with wills? Many have come into my office wanting a POA “so they can take care of mom’s, or dad’s, or a sick brother or sister’s matters if they die.” What they did not know and what I explain to them is that the POA dies with the person and is of no effect. Only the will can deal with matters after death. Seek the advice of an attorney to help you with your estate planning.
Many people do not want to be kept alive artificially. They want to die naturally with no life support, but without pain and they want the administration of pain medications. Well, unfortunately many sign form Living Wills that automatically withdraw hydration and nourishment in the directive to the healthcare surrogate. The significance of that is if you are dehydrated it significantly reduces the effectiveness of pain medication. I always counsel against the withdrawal of hydration. Seek the advice of an attorney to help you with your estate planning and healthcare documents.