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Do I Need and Advanced Health Care Directive?

Posted by Judy Nakashima Shoji | Mar 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Do I Need an Advanced Health Care Directive?

During these uncertain times, we highly recommend you have an Advanced Health Care Directive.  What is the difference between a living will and a health care directive? An advance directive is a set of instructions prepared in advance of ill health that determines his or her healthcare wishes. A living will is one type of advance directive that becomes effective when a person is terminally ill and incapacitated.

What does a health care directive do?  An advance directive for health care is a written legal document that states your health care wishes in the event that you are unable to communicate or make health care decisions. Usually, this is when you are medically determined to be permanently unconscious or terminally ill.

Why do I need a health care directive?  Advance health care directives (also called advance directives) are a way for you to give consent for certain situations where you might want or not want treatment. They can also be used to appoint someone to make decisions for you if you can't do so yourself.

What are the benefits of an advance directive?  Gives your loved ones peace of mind. Minimizes stress.  Reduces potential conflicts among family members.

About the Author

Judy Nakashima Shoji

Judy prides herself on being approachable, down to earth and willing to answer any questions hr clients may have. She is a Seattle native. She attended the University of Washington, Tokyo University and Seattle University School of Law. She was a legal intern in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney's Office and at Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company located in Shinjuku, Japan. Judy advises clients in all aspects of estate planning, probate and adoptions. She also serves as a Title 11 court appointed investigator in guardianship cases for King County Superior Court. She cannot think of any areas in which she would rather practice. She invests in learning about her client's whole story which creates a friendly environment in which she can provide more effective assistance. Her goal is for her estate planning clients to walk away with a customized, detailed, realistic, and clear estate plan which will accomplish their wishes. Estate planning can be uncomfortable and confusing and her goal is to explain complicated legal options in a way that is easy to understand and clear. Her desire is to provide peace of mind and clarity for her clients while also giving them the information necessary to make well informed decision. Judy has been a member of the Elder Law and Real Property and Trust sections of the Washington State Bar Association and King County Bar Association. She has been a volunteer attorney with the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic and Pro Bono Services for the past 14 years where she was recognized as volunteer of the month in October 2014. Judy is married with three children. Outside of work she enjoys traveling to sunny locations, exercising (HIIT and barbell classes keep her grounded) and spending time with the people (and animals) she loves.

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