Do I Need An Advance Health Care Directive If I Am Healthy?
An advance health care directive (AHCD), sometimes referred to as a living will, or medical care directive, is a document in which you state your personal wishes as to the type of medical treatment you prefer if you are unable to communicate for yourself due to incapacity.
In this important legal document, you name a person to be your agent. Your AHCD authorizes your agent to speak on your behalf to ensure your directions regarding your health care and preferred medical treatment are followed if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Are You Caring For An Elderly Parent?
If you are caring for an elderly parent, it is important to have your parent create their AHCD while they are still of sound mind. Your parents may tell you their wishes for their end-of-life care, but their doctor will ordinarily not speak with even the closest family members under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Our Firm Helps You Prepare For Unforeseen Circumstances
Anyone can face an emergency at any time. Our experienced attorneys can draft your AHCD to express your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment such as whether or not you want tube-feeding, hydration or pain-relieving medication at the end of life.
Many have misconceptions about creating their AHCD, including thinking this is a document only necessary for the elderly or the seriously ill, or incorrectly believe their physician will produce it.
The best time to create your AHCD is now. At Demetrius J. Karos, Ltd., our lawyers offer comprehensive estate planning and administration counsel to a diverse clientele. Find our more by contacting us today.