We recommend having a health care power of attorney in place so your wishes can be known if you become incapacitated.
It doesn’t take a lot for a human being to be incapacitated to the point that they cannot make their own medical decisions. Whether this happens in a temporary sense or a long-term one, it is important that someone be prepared and authorized to speak on your behalf. That is the purpose of a health care power of attorney. It names the person you trust to make medical decisions for you, such as which doctors and medical facilities to use, authorizing for surgery and other treatments, whether to provide comfort care or work to extend life, and whether to disconnect life support. At Fleischer Law Office, PLLC, we can answer your questions about what a health care power of attorney is and draft the document you need.
We can also assist you with reviewing what you might have already prepared to determine if any changes need to be made. If it was prepared in another state, we can ascertain whether it would be accepted if something were to occur here in the Hickory, North Carolina area or if a revision is necessary. We can also answer your questions about how to choose someone to act in this capacity for you and the steps that you should take upon completing your health care power of attorney. For example, we recommend choosing someone you feel comfortable discussing as many medical scenarios as possible with. In addition, they should be able to understand what medical professionals are telling them so they can make the best decision.
If you would like to know more about health care powers of attorney, or other types of estate law documents, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule a consultation.