Understanding Advanced Directives

Wills are legally binding documents that state your wishes regarding issues such as the division or inheritance of your personal assets and the custodianship of your children. Like wills and trusts, an advanced directive is a legal document designed for use in the future. This document can be created at any time with the help of your attorney in Baltimore .

An advanced directive gives instructions regarding important healthcare decisions. This document is used in the event that you cannot speak or communicate for yourself, whether due to age, disease, or an accident. An advanced directive may be used to give healthcare power of attorney to an individual of your choosing, or may override your family’s wishes if they conflict with yours. This short video provides more information about advanced directives and their function.