Keystone Law Firm - January 2018

CONTROL YOUR CARE Formalize Your Health Care Instructions There are many precautions we take for our future health, including eating healthy foods, exercising, and paying for health insurance, just in case. But one step we often don’t take is setting aside clear health care instructions should a situation arise in which we’re unable to make those decisions ourselves. Lacking these important legal documents can complicate matters for you and your loved ones at the worst possible time. If you slip into a coma, suffer dementia, or are otherwise incapacitated, your licensed physicians will request legal documentation of the care you have authorized. If these documents do not exist, the health care facility can demand a court-appointed guardian to make these decisions on your behalf. This means your loved ones will have to spend time and money publicly appealing to a judge for the right to give you the care you’d want. This process adds to your family’s burden during a time when they would otherwise be focused on giving you love and support. Even after going through this trying legal ordeal, your loved ones may find themselves in the difficult position of having to make very serious decisions about your health. Without clear instructions, they may spend the rest of their lives asking themselves whether they made the right choice. When you take the time to put your health care decisions in the proper legal format, you’ve given you and your family a gift. Not only do you receive the care you want, you also ensure your loved one’s peace of mind by removing all unknowns and preventing a lengthy court battle. The unexpected can happen to any of us, and when it does, it’s too late to formalize anything. Consider hiring a professional estate planner to ensure your health stays in good hands.



East-West Snackers

Make this

delicious appetizer for your next family gathering, party, or the big game! The East- meets-West flavor is sure to please your guests!


1/3 cup canola oil, divided

1 (10-ounce) can tomatoes and green chilies, well-drained 1 cup finely shredded colby jack cheese

40 wonton wrappers

1 (15-ounce) can chili, no beans

1 cup chow mein noodles


1. Heat oven to 350 F.

dividing evenly among tarts.

Oil mini-muffin pans. Place wrapper in each cup. Lightly brush oil on each wrapper. Bake 5 minutes.

3. Bake 8–10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and from pans. 4. Sprinkle chow mein noodles on top of each tart.

2. Mix together the chili, tomatoes, and chilies. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in each cup. Sprinkle cheese on top,


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