A health care power of attorney allows you to select an “agent” to make decisions about your health care if you can no longer speak for yourself. Your agent should be someone you trust with making important, sometimes life-or-death, decisions for you. And you should make sure they know where you stand on issues like lifesaving measures, DNR orders and end-of-life care.
Authorizing a health care power of attorney is useful in making sure your interests and wishes are represented when you are not able to make them known yourself. A doctor must proclaim you medically incapable of making decisions for yourself before your agent can begin making choices on your behalf.
Your agent will be able to make health care decisions for you anytime you’re medically unable to do so — not just at the end of life. For instance, if you’ve been in an accident and are unconscious at the hospital, your agent can authorize medical actions for you. Once you’re well again, you return to making your health care decisions as normal.
At Dozier Miller, we can assist you in the steps to legally filing a health care power of attorney directive, counsel you on the rights an agent has and answer any questions you may have about ensuring your health care wishes are carried out.
If you haven’t expressed your wishes for the distribution of your property ahead of time, the state courts will be in charge of determining how to split up your estate. By creating a will, you can make the process smoother for your loved ones and give yourself peace of mind that your wishes are carried out.
While a will is a good estate planning tool, and probably the one the general public is most familiar with, it may not necessarily be the best option for you. Depending on your situation, a trust may be a better fit for your goals.
Death and taxes are often said to be the two great certainties in the world, but they’re also two things we least like to think about. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to shelter your family and loved ones from stressful tax issues upon your passing.
In the event you lose the ability to make health care decisions for yourself, how do you make sure your wishes are known and honored? Through advance directives, you can outline the types of medical treatments you do and do not want.
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