Advanced Directive

An Advance Directive dictates whether or not to withdraw life-sustaining procedures when you are incapacitated. Learn how they work by reading below.

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The Basics

No one wants to think about the end of their life. However, you're already on GoGo Estate, so death may already be top of mind. Advanced Directives (sometimes known as "Health Care Directives" or "Living Wills") allow the person creating the Advanced Directive (the "declarant") to state their end-of-life wishes in the event that they cannot express those for themselves at the end of their life. By creating an Advanced Directive, you can give your family, friends, and medical professionals peace of mind knowing your end-of-life care wishes.

The Details

Advanced Directives differ depending on the state. Some states include an Advanced Directive within a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney. Other states mandate that these plans be two separate documents. And a couple of states (Massachusetts and Michigan) do not have a statute allowing for Advanced Directives.

The general Advanced Directed that can be purchased through GoGo Estate has two tiers of decisions that customers must make. The first is the medical conditions in which the declarant authorizes the withdrawal of care, and the second is the type of care to withdraw if (and only if) those conditions exist and the declarant is unable to communicate care for themselves.

The medical conditions that the general GoGo Estate Advanced Directive includes for with withdrawal of care include:

  1. If the declarant has a condition, disease, or other medical problem that is incurable or irreversible, and will within a short period of time lead to death
  2. If the declarant is in a coma or persistent vegetative state that is reasonably concluded to be irreversible
  3. If the declarant cannot sustain respiration, circulation, or nutrition without artificial support
  4. If the declarant's brain is permanently impaired, including permanent unconsciousness

If any of those conditions apply, and if the declarant cannot communicate for themselves, then family, friends, and medical providers are authorized to withdraw the following types of care:

  1. CPR
  2. Medical respiration
  3. Feeding tubes
  4. Hydration
  5. Kidney dialysis
  6. Invasive medical treatment

To make the Advanced Directive effective, the customer must initial their name next to each condition and treatment in order to provide for appropriate end-of-life planning.

Create an Advanced Directive

Advanced Directives are included within each GoGo Estate Plan. If you would rather purchase a standalone Advanced Directive without other estate planning documents, you can do so by purchasing a Health Care Declaration under Protection Plans. You deserve control over your end-of-life care. Plan your care with an Advanced Directive from GoGo Estate today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is GoGo Estate a law firm?

No! GoGo Estate does not provide legal services. However, we do provide our customers with self-help estate planning forms drafted by licensed estate planning attorneys.

Why should I use GoGo Estate over an attorney?

The average estate plan costs between $2,000 and $3,000 nationally! This is way too much money, especially since many attorneys "plug-and-play" your information into pre-drafted forms or estate planning software. And while seeking the advice of an experienced estate planning attorney, GoGo Estate gives you access to detailed attorney-drafted forms so you can save up to 70% on your estate plan!

How is GoGo Estate different from other online platforms?

In this everchanging world, we know you have a lot of online estate planning options to choose from. What makes GoGo Estate different is the detailed nature of our plans. We can confidently say that GoGo Estate has the most comprehensive estate planning forms on the internet. Plus, they are all drafted by licensed estate planning attorneys to give you peace of mind.

Can I really plan my estate on my own?

Absolutely! GoGo Estate has countless state-specific resources so that you can know the ins-and-outs of estate planning without having to pay an attorney.  Even better, our estate planning forms are drafted in detail by licensed estate planning attorneys, meaning you can receive the same quality forms you would expect from an attorney at up to 70% the cost!

Will GoGo Estate send me my documents?

Yes! No matter which plan you choose, GoGo Estate will send you printed versions of all of your documents. We ship all of your completed documents to you on the next business day. Of course, if you're in a crunch, you can print them out and have them signed yourself.

How do I go about signing my documents?

Unfortunately, most states do not allow for estate planning documents to be signed electronically. That means that you will have to sign them in front of a notary and (depending) at least two witnesses. Luckily, GoGo Estate provides detailed signing instructions in the first few pages of each document you purchase. While we hope to implement electronic signing in the future (depending on the state), at this time we do not help our customers sign their estate planning documents.

What is "Attorney Support?"

GoGo Estate's Standard and Blended Family Plans each come with built-in Attorney Support. With Attorney Support, you can have a free 30-minute phone or video call with a licensed attorney in your state so they can answer any questions or concerns that you might have.