top of page

Ensuring Your Wishes and Easing Family Burdens: The Role of Healthcare Directives and Durable Power of Attorney

Updated: Mar 23

Empower your Legacy by Mastering the Art of Securing & Preserving your Assets | San Diego, CA

We never really realize how important it is to have documents in place to ensure your wishes and ease the family burden until it's too late! In my first year when I went full-time with the majority of notary work being loan closings for real estate transactions, it was far more often than not that individuals or families haven't thought about the importance of a healthcare directive or durable power of attorney. There is a big misconception (at least with clients I've met with) that many couples believe that if something were to happen to them, their spouse can make the decisions for them because they are married. By having notarized documents in place such as a healthcare directive and durable power of attorney, your spouse, significant other, or whomever you'd like to make the decisions on your behalf when you are gone, will alleviate stress knowing that your wishes are ensured and eliminate the burden on your family. In life's journey, it's important to consider not only our present but also our future. While we don't think too often about the possibility of becoming incapacitated due to sickness, illness, or age-related issues, having a plan in place for such circumstances is crucial. This is where documents like a durable power of attorney (POA) or healthcare directive come into play. These two legal documents grant authority to a trusted person, often referred to as an agent or attorney-in-fact, to make important decisions on your behalf when you are unable to. These decisions can pertain to such matters like financials, legal transactions, and even healthcare choices.

Just as the durable power of attorney is crucial to handle your financial affairs, a healthcare directive outlines your preferences when it comes to medical treatments, life support, and end-of-life care. By having this document executed and notarized by a commissioned notary public, you ensure your wishes are respected even when you are unable to express them. This not only provides peace of mind to you, but to your loved ones, knowing that your choices will be honored.

During times of crisis, your family members may already be feeling emotionally drained and worried. Without a durable power of attorney, handling your financial affairs can add unnecessary complications to their plate. By having this crucial document in place, it will alleviate additional stress worrying about paying bills, taxes, and other important decisions they will have to make during a time where they are still trying to comprehend the family loss. By designating a trusted individual, you provide a clear vision how to handle your financial and legal matters.

Another advantage of having a durable power of attorney and healthcare directive in place will decrease the chances of disputes and legal battles among family members. We all know that family members can differ in opinion on how to proceed with your medical treatment or financial decisions. This can create huge disagreements, misunderstandings, and even legal battles. By having a legally binding healthcare directive and durable power of attorney, you reduce the risk of conflict among your loved ones and ensure a smoother, decision-making process.

In conclusion, regardless of age, most people don't want to plan for the possibility of incapacity but acting responsibly by getting your ducks in a row will empower you and your loved ones. This is your voice when you can't speak, guiding your family and healthcare providers with your wishes to protect your assets and your legacy. By taking these simple steps (really!), you relieve your family of added stress, minimize the potential for disputes, and ensure that your wishes shape your care and legacy. May I ask, what are you waiting for?

Please reach out to San Diego Notary Signing Agent as we have several referral partners that can guide you through the process to explore durable power of attorney and healthcare directives or a full estate plan package.

Kristen Weiss

Notary Since 2002 NNA Ambassador®

🌐 Just Google “San Diego Notary Signing Agent”

📱 Call us: (619) 663-6360


bottom of page