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What Kinds of Issues Does a Health Care Directive Address?

May 18, 2017 | News, Planning

What Kinds of Issues Does a Health Care Directive Address? A Health Care Directive addresses your medical wishes if you become unable to consciously make your own medical decisions. It ensures that your family members and health care providers are aware of your health care wishes and decisions.

A Health Care Directive (also called an Advance Directive or Living Will) and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions that designates an Attorney-in-Fact helps to ensure your wishes are carried out.

What Kinds of Issues Does a Health Care Directive Address?
A Health Care Directive outlines the type, level, and duration of medical care that you would want to receive in various situations after you have become incapacitated. You can state any conditions you want as to when your Health Care Directive will take effect. For example, you may wish it take effect if a treating physician determines that you are terminal or in a permanently unconscious state and are unable to make medical decisions on your own.
A Health Care Directive may address:

  • The point at which you might wish to refuse all medical treatment.
  • The selected circumstances in which you would like to continue to receive medical treatment.
  • The choice to receive all possible medical treatment in order to sustain your life.
  • The choice to remain on life support and for how long if you are in a persistent vegetative state.
  • The choice to refuse specific types of procedures.

Your Health Care Directive can address all of your end-of-life medical wishes. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys can help you create your Health Care Directive and other necessary estate planning documents.
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