Estate planning is of course not a one-size-fits-all exercise. Passing along assets and establishing guidelines for health care decisions is highly individualized work. Though there are common patterns that occur as people face these decisions, there is no ready-made template for making them.
Lawyers who help clients with estate planning are clear in their message about the importance of getting a health care directive in place. Sometimes called a living will, these documents help to guide care decisions when someone no longer has the capacity to do so for himself.