Advanced healthcare directives allow individuals to have a medical plan outlined for them. If they are in a clear state of mind, they can make this outline on their own. If they were involved in an accident or if they are not in a capacity to make medical directions, their advanced healthcare directive can be referred to in order to carry out their wishes. Information found in an advanced healthcare directive includes how the individual wants to be treated during their end-of-life care. This information allows doctors and medical professionals to treat patients according to their wishes.
To learn more about what’s included in an advanced healthcare directive, continue reading and reach out to our experienced Maryland estate planning attorney for guidance.
How can a living will be useful?
A living will allows an individual to plan for future medical decisions such as their stance on life support and other medical practices that may need to be done when they are unable to make decisions for themselves.
A living will allows you to inform doctors to use life support measures if you wish to receive life support in situations when it is deemed necessary. You can also inform the doctor that you choose to refuse life support measures. This document can also provide the information that doctors will need to treat you when you are unable to make choices on your own and your health is in danger. A living will can protect your rights and wishes. Doctors are legally obligated to follow these directions.
It may also be in your best interest to have a power of attorney in these circumstances. A power of attorney can make decisions for you and your wishes that are stated in your directive and living will. The power that this person holds will depend on how much you wish to give to them. A durable healthcare power of attorney can make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so. However, this only gives them control over medical decisions when you are unable to make them on your own.
For assistance with any of your estate planning needs, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced estate planning attorney for guidance. Our team will help you to draft your advanced healthcare directive. If you have any additional questions, contact us today.
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