An Advance Health Care Directive allows you to make decisions regarding your medical treatment in the event you become incapacitated, giving you the confidence that your health care instructions will be followed. Through this document you appoint a trusted person as your health care agent who will have the legal authority to seek medical care for you, and to make all medical decisions for you in the event you are incapacitated. With an Advance Health Care Directive, you are able to specify and describe your health care decisions, including your wishes concerning the use of extraordinary measures to prolong your life artificially in the event of a terminal illness or injury. You may also use this document to indicate your wishes with regard to organ donation and funeral arrangements.
Advance Health Care Directives are an essential part of an estate plan and include the following:
In your Advance Health Care Directive you name a trusted person to make health care decisions for you during any period you are unable to do so yourself.
Your Advance Health Care Directive gives your Agent authority to make health care decisions consistent with your wishes and your specific health care instructions.
Your Advance Health Care Directive allows you to specify the types of medical treatment you receive in certain situations, and types of care you do not wish to receive.
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