Health Care Directives Are Separate From Power Of Attorney
It may be uncomfortable to plan for the possibility that you will be incapacitated or otherwise unable to make health care decisions on your own, yet it is important to do so for estate planning purposes.
An advance health care directive is an estate planning tool used to document an individual’s preferences for end-of-life medical care in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to make those decisions independently.
At the Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo, we represent clients in a full range of estate planning matters. If you are interested in learning more about building a complete estate plan that includes a health care directive, please contact a Woodland Hills health care directive attorney today.
Protect Yourself Through Health Care Directive Planning
An advance health care directive provides specific instructions to be carried out by health care providers if an individual is in an irreversible coma or sick with no hope of recovery, for example. An advance health care directive can address the following:
- Preferences regarding chemotherapy and cancer treatment
- Preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments
- Preferences regarding end-of-life procedures
An advance health care directive is an important part of a complete estate plan, providing specific instructions to be carried out in the event of incapacitation. Our law firm can help you complete your estate plan, identifying how health care directives/living wills, health care powers of attorney, and other tools can benefit you.