If you're like most people, you aren't
eager to spend time thinking about what would happen if you became unable to
direct your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or advanced age.
However, if you don't do at least a little bit of planning -- writing down your
wishes about the kinds of treatment you do or don't want to receive and naming
someone you trust to oversee your care -- these important matters could wind up
in the hands of estranged family members, doctors, or sometimes even judges, who
may know very little about what you would prefer.