Protect Your Right To Refuse Treatment

By Attorney Rick Law of the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law.  Providing estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianship, and probate services to the Chicagoland area in Illinois

Another example of a powerful Power of Attorney is having the opportunity to pre-emptively say, “You know what? I don’t want antibiotics either.”

Everyone has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatments. But if you don’t take the opportunity to put it writing while you can still make your own healthcare decisions, it’s possible that you may be given antibiotics against your will.

We now know that if a person lives to be 85 years old, that person has close to a 50 percent chance of having dementia.Sit down with an elder law attorney and let them know what kind of treatment you want if you don’t have a terminal illness, but you do have dementia.

You owe it to yourself to take the proper steps about what you want in the event of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related illness.  What do you want if you can’t make your own decisions, but you’re not necessarily diagnosed as terminally ill?

That’s the question…..What do you want?

For the 50 percent of the people who wind up with dementia, the typical health-care power of attorney or living will can be powerless to help them.  You need a powerful power of attorney.  If the power is not listed in the power of attorney, the agent does not have it.

If you’re ready to start getting your estate in order and secure your assets for the “worst-case” scenario, please give our office a call at 800-310-3100. Your first consultation is absolutely free.  We’ll let you know what steps you need to take, right now, to protect yourself and your family.  Call now.


Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees.

Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine,, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future.  Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care.  Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!

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