A major accident or illness may leave you unconscious or unable to speak. When this happens, you can tell people what you want regarding your healthcare using an advance directive. An attorney isn’t necessary to complete this process.
An advanced health care directive is a written statement that describes your wishes regarding end-of-life care. It helps you think about your future and tells your doctor and family exactly what kind of care you'd like to receive. When you're unable to speak or write, this directive gives your loved ones instructions on making decisions for you when you're not able to.
Advance directives do not apply to financial matters. You can create your directive as a part of your California estate plan while you are healthy and making medical decisions for yourself.