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Should I Have a Health Care Directive?

Schedule an appointment with The Taormina Firm to learn more on how a Health Care Directive could be right for you and your family.


Health care directives are ways for you to let your loved ones and healthcare providers know how you wish to leave this world in case you cannot express those desires for yourself.


There can be dignity in dying. A Health Care Directive allows you to express your end-of-life care and desires so that your loved ones and healthcare professionals know how best to care for you if you cannot express those desires for yourself. Health Care Directives also relieve your family members from the burden and stress of determining what they believe to be your last wishes regarding your end-of-life care.

Missouri allows its residents to create Health Care Directives to express a clear and unequivocal course of treatment at the end of their lives. In accordance with Missouri Revised Statute ("RSMo.") § 459.025, these Health Care Directives only become operative if the Declarant's condition is terminal and if said Declarant cannot make treatment decisions for themselves.

In either of those two cases, the Declarant can direct health care providers and family members to withdraw or withhold any number of medical treatments, including, but not limited to:

  1. Cardiac resuscitation
  2. Medical respiration
  3. Hydration and nutrition
  4. Kidney dialysis
  5. Other invasive medical procedures

Health Care Directives are an essential component of every estate plan crafted personally for you by The Taormina Firm. They take the burden off of your loved ones in deciding the course of your end-of-life treatment and expressly state how you wish to die in a dignified manner.

Vince Taormina, an estate planning attorney with The Taormina Firm, will work personally with you to craft a Health Care Directive that fits your goals and objectives for your end-of-life care and treatment.