Every person over 18 should have an Advance Health Care Directive

Advance Health care DirectiveIt is often difficult for people to think about the care and treatment they would want in the event of their incapacity. It is likewise difficult for them to talk about their wishes for end-of-life medical care.   Some have not even thought about it yet. It is impossible to predict when one may unexpectedly be placed in a position where they cannot speak for themselves as the result of a serious accident or illness and therefore it is important to plan ahead by having an Advance Health Care Directive in place. Every person 18 or over should have one.

An Advance Health Care Directive is the legal equivalent of a “Living Will”

In an Advance Health Care Directive, detailed instructions are left concerning the provision or withholding of life sustaining treatment and the extent of care desired.   An Advance Health Care Directive enables a person to make sure that their health care wishes are known in the event they become unable to participate in their own care.

An Advance Health Care Directive is different from a Power of Attorney for Health Care, even though we often see practitioners combine them in one document. An Advance Health Care Directive specifies the health care desired. A Power of Attorney for Health Care appoints an agent to make and consent to health care decisions for you in accordance the health care desires as stated in your Advance Health Care Directive and may give your agent other related health care powers.

Both an Advance Health Care Directive and a Power of Attorney for Health Care are an essential part of every estate plan. If you are ready to get started on your estate plan or just want the essential documents necessary to provide for incapacity or end of life care, we are here to help.  Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Elder Law and Estate Planning Lawyer in Anaheim, serving clients throughout the Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino County Areas

Priscilla A. Madrid, founder of Madrid Law Group is elder law and estate planning attorney located in Anaheim and proudly serving clients in Anaheim, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Santa Ana and the surrounding Orange County areas for over 23 years. She has a Legal Masters Degree (LLM) in Estate Planning and Elder Law and is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estates and the California State Bar Trusts and Estates Section.