Healthcare Documents & Planning

The foresight to plan for medical emergencies is important.  Planning for unexpected changes in your life is often difficult, but the process becomes easier when you consult an attorney.  You have the legal right to choose what kinds of medical procedures you want (or don't want) administered, and to choose people to carry out your wishes.  I help you put your medical decisions in a legally-binding document and make sure that your wishes are carried out the way you want them to be.

When you put your healthcare plan in a legally-binding Advance Directive, you eliminate the unknown and alleviate a stressful situation where your loved ones must guess how you would want to be medically treated.  As your desires change, your personal legal documents can be easily updated so that they always reflect your personal convictions.

Healthcare Advance Directives

In the event you are unable to make medical decisions (due to incapacitation or illness), your loved ones will worry over your health.  Not knowing your wishes may make an already tense situation even more stressful.  A written Healthcare Power of Attorney or Living Will ensures that your wishes are carried out, and your loved ones don't have to worry over whether they're making the right decision.  I will help you develop a healthcare plan and identify the people you trust the most to make medical decisions on your behalf.

Durable Healthcare Powers of Attorney

With a Healthcare Power of Attorney, you appoint someone (or multiple people) to make medical decisions for you if you become unable to do so on your own.  Your Healthcare Power of Attorney will ensure that only someone you trust implicitly (such as a spouse, close family member, or member of the clergy) will be able to speak on your behalf.

Living Will

How you confront the possible end of your life is a very personal decision, informed by closely-held beliefs and values.  As with any medical situation, the decision to accept or refuse treatment is yours and yours alone.  A Living Will puts in writing your wishes should your medical condition become terminal, or if you lapse into a state of permanent unconsciousness.  Your Living Will declares to your physician your desire or refusal to accept life-sustaining medical procedures, such as feeding tubes and other medical or surgical procedures.

Read a helpful fact sheet [PDF] on Healthcare Advance Directives.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your wishes and explore the options that will best reflect your personal medical decisions, contact me.