One important component to a living trust – centered estate plan is an advanced health care directive (formerly known as “living wills”). This 2010 article from the Los Angeles Times cites a study that says that over the past 15 years or so, the number of people with health care directives has risen from 20% to 67%. More importantly, the New England Journal of Medicine study found that individuals with advanced health care directives requesting limited care, 83% received such care. For those requesting comfort care, 97% received it.
Health care directives are designed to express your wishes during temporary or extended capacity to a health care “agent,” who will carry out your wishes in interacting with medical professionals.