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Long-term care planning can be vital part of estate planning

Because a detrimental health-related event could happen to anyone at any time, it is important to have a plan in place. Some Oklahoma residents may think that they will not face any serious issue for some time, but an injury-causing accident or severe illness could lead to complications or even incapacitation. Due to these possibilities, it may prove useful to consider estate planning options relating to long-term care.

If individuals do not leave their care instructions for loved ones, they can place those family members in difficult positions. Spouses or children may need to make serious decisions, and feelings of uncertainty may remain prominent if they do not know what the individuals' wishes were. Approximately 50 percent of people over the age of 60 have created an advance directive, but their family members may remain unaware of their wishes.

Though these conversations may prove difficult, they could also have many benefits. Children may want to discuss the idea of leaving instructions with parents who have not created plans, and individuals who have made plans may want to ensure that their families know where and how to find those documents. No one wants uncertainty when it comes to health care, and creating long-term care plans may work to prevent this issue.

If Oklahoma residents are still wondering whether they could benefit from this type of planning, they may want to gain more information. Long-term care will likely be needed by most people, and without a plan, many questions could be left up in the air. Individuals interested in gaining reliable information or in creating their plans may want to speak with knowledgeable estate planning attorneys.

Source:, "Make your health care wishes known", Donald Letendre, April 17, 2018

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