May 02, 2013
With a healthcare power of attorney document, you appoint an agent who has the ability to talk to your doctors, get your medical records, get a second opinion or consult on your life support wishes, to name a few of the major areas in which your agent can act on your behalf.
We start with the basic statutory forms and then customize those forms for each individual client and also for specific elder law issues that need to be addressed.
You can direct your agent to withhold or withdraw life support under certain circumstances. Our powers of attorney documents for healthcare discuss particular life support measures that a person may want to consider, such as feeding tubes, ventilators and hydration.
We also discuss life-sustaining measures in the event of advanced dementia. Your healthcare power of attorney document may also address your wishes with regards to organ donation and can state your intentions regarding disposition of your body after death, including autopsies, cremation or other instructions.
And here’s a tip: Don’t put burial instructions in your will. That document often does not come out until after the burial is completed.
It’s often difficult for people to discuss life support decisions with their loved ones. If you haven’t had that discussion with your family members, or if your existing power of attorney document doesn’t address these issues, now is the time to call us 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, because when you’re out of money, you’re out of options!
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, TheStreet.com, 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. Appointments available in Chicago, Aurora, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, and Joliet. Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!
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