I am a young person in good health. Do I really need to create a formal Advance Directive?

Anyone over the age of 18 should prepare an advance directive. This gives you the ability to make decisions about your medical treatment when you are unable to do so.  Not stating your wishes in writing may mean they are not carried out.  You may be forcing family members to make a decision they are not able to make which could cause an emotional and financial burden to your loved one.  Signing an advance directive is something you can do for your loved ones, as well as for yourself.
Advance Directives are for all adults, including mature minors and emancipated minors. We never know when an accident or serious illness will leave us incapable of making our own health care decisions.

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