There might come a time when your parents are no longer able to make medical decisions on their own. It’s so important to know what their wishes are before that time comes and to have a plan in place for someone else to make decisions for them.

That’s where an advance directive and health care power of attorney come in. These essential legal documents – along with a financial power of attorney – can help you and your parents be prepared if you ever have to care for them and make decisions for them. And they must be drafted and signed while your parents still are mentally competent.

Keep reading to learn more about how to help your parents get these documents drafted as soon as possible.