The basic pieces of estate planning are a Will, a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney, a Revocable Trust, Life insurance, and
Long Term Care.
In most states, you need a lawyer to create a will, but it needn't be very expensive. If you die without a will, the state will decide who will get your assets, your money and who will take care of your children.
Although you may have both documents, keep in mind that they may conflict since the Health Care Directive allows another to make decisions while the Living Will already states what is to be done. Absent statutory or document direction, healthcare providers may experience a conflict as to what to do.