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Who Needs A Health Care Directive

Who Needs A Health Care Directive

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A Health Care Directive is a legal document that allows you to state your medical wishes in the event that you become mentally incapacitated.
A Health Care Directive is a legal document that allows you to state your medical wishes in the event that you become mentally incapacitated.

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Published by: Deborah Sexton on Jun 24, 2011
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Who Needs a Health Care Directive?

A Health Care Directive is a legal document that allows you to state your medical wishes in the event that you become mentally incapacitated. So how do you know if you need a Health Care Directive? If you would like to choose someone to speak for you medically, if you have specific medical wishes, or if you would like to avoid a court-ordered guardianship, then a Health Care Directive may be the best path for you. Name a Health Care Advocate An Advanced Medical Directive, sometimes called a Medical Power of Attorney, allows you to name a friend or family member as your health care advocate. Your advocate will be able to speak with your doctors on any medical matter. He or she will also be able to make health care decisions that are in your best interest. Dictate Medical Wishes Do you have certain wishes regarding when you would like to be removed from life support or what type of terminal illness treatments you are willing to accept? If so, you may want to create a Living Will to put these and any other medical wishes into writing. A Living Will can provide guidance for your doctors and health care advocate. You may also want to speak directly with your caretakers about your wishes before you become disabled. Avoid Guardianship

If you would like to avoid a court-supervised guardianship or conservatorship, a Health Care Directive can help. Because you are able to name a health care advocate, the court system does not need to name one for you. If you do not have a disability plan with a Health Care Directive in place, a judge will name a friend or family member to make your medical decisions. The chosen conservator must act in your best interest. But what if he or she doesn’t know or understand what your best interest and personal wishes are? To make sure your medical care is properly supervised according to your wishes, you should speak with your attorney about a Health Care Directive. Experienced estate planning attorneys Fayetteville AR of the Deborah Sexton Law Office PA offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Fayetteville AR. To learn more about these free resources, please visit www.arkansas-estateplanning.com today.

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