Last Will and Testament
No one knows when and how we are going to pass on, however, we all know for certain it will happen one day. Do you want to decide how your estate is distributed or will you let the state's law dictate who inherits your? Planning is key in life, especially, when it comes to your legacy. At the very least, you should have a Last Will and Testament, so you decide how your estate is distributed and to whom. There are formalities that you have to comply with in order for the state to recognize your Will.
Health Care Surrogate
If you can't make your own medical decisions, do you know who will make those decisions for you? If you would like someone close to you to be able to make medical decisions on your behalf, then you should consider naming a health care surrogate. It is important to have a conversation with this person before you appoint him or her regarding your wishes and your believes. The person may not be comfortable making certain medical decisions on your behalf, and you would be wise to know that now and find another person you trust who would honor your wishes.
Have you ever thought if you want to receive CPR if you go into cardiac arrest? Do you want to receive chemotherapy if it will prolong your life by only 6 months? Do you want to be on a respirator? For how long? These are very difficult questions but that must be considered and decisions made. It is best that you talk with your family members and your partner to discuss what your wishes are. By executing a Living Will, your doctors and other medical providers know your wishes for end-of-life decisions (medical care you wish to receive or not receive), instead of having your family members be put in a difficult position where they have to figure out what your wishes would have been.