An Advance Health Care Directive, sometimes referred to as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions or a Living Will, allows you to appoint another individual as your health care agent to make health care decisions for you when you can no longer make them yourself. This document may contain statements of wishes concerning such matters as life sustaining treatment and other health care issues and instructions concerning organ donation, disposition of remains, and your funeral and memorial services.
If you are unable to make health care decisions for yourself and do not have an Advance Health Care Directive / Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions, then a Conservatorship proceeding must be commenced for the Court appointment of a conservator to take responsibility for your person.
Having a properly executed Advance Health Care Directive will ensure continued management of your health care if you become incapacitated without unnecessary court involvement and excessive costs and fees.
If you or someone you know is in need of the above-mentioned legal services, please call our office at (619) 683-2545 to schedule a free, no obligation, one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced Estate Planning lawyers to discuss your legal needs.