Our attorneys are committed to providing you with information that will help you and your family to live better lives. As part of that commitment, we are sharing our thoughts on planning for your medical future.
A Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney are overlooked and undervalued documents. A Health Care Directive gives guidance to your family, friends and doctors regarding your desires in the event that you are incapacitated. The Health Care Power of Attorney appoints an agent or agents who have the power to communicate with doctors and to make decisions for you when you cannot do so. These documents are extremely important in an age where medical privacy laws have limited a doctor’s ability to share vital information with family and friends. Designating an agent and giving them clear guidance as to your desires will help to give them the power they need to help you and the peace they need to let you go.
Life is unpredictable. You should not wait until you receive your first Senior Citizen discount before thinking about a Health Care Directive. This is your opportunity to exercise what control you can over what happens. The last thing you want is for medical doctors to make life or death decisions about your treatment without ever hearing your opinion. Preparing a Health Care Directive ensures that your voice is the one that matters. The alternative is that either a Doctor will make choices for you in an emergency or, worse still, the Doctor will refuse to make any decisions until the Court appoints a Guardian while you suffer until the Court can hold a hearing.
A Health Care Directive will also help your family to avoid arguing and guessing about you ‘would have wanted.’
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