When an individual begins the estate planning process, they have a lot to consider. One important part of estate planning is determining the medical treatment procedures that they do or do not agree to in their final days. Advance healthcare directives allow an individual to dictate their wishes for medical care in the event that they are no longer able to communicate them effectively. There are several options for the advance healthcare directives that an individual may choose to create. These include the following:
- Healthcare proxy, which gives another individual the authority to serve as one’s personal healthcare representative. This is also sometimes referred to as a healthcare power of attorney or a proxy directive.
- Living will, which declares the individual’s wishes for his or her end-of-life care. Some of the things this may include the choice of organ donation wishes, artificial nutrition, and other lifesaving measures.
- Combined directive, which not only appoints a proxy, it also outlines the individual’s wishes for their medical treatment.
It is important to note that these various options all have different legal requirements to ensure validity in the eyes of the state. If you need help establishing an advance directive, contact our firm today.
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