Advance Health Care Directives
What do you want to happen if you are in a coma, on life support? Do you want to have someone pull the plug? Do you want to participate in organ donation or otherwise dictate how your remains are to be dealt with?
The Advance Health Care Directive, formerly known as a durable power of attorney for healthcare, is used to give instructions concerning end-of-life medical care for terminal illness, organ donation, and other personal matters, should the person making the directive no longer be able to communicate on their own (e.g. they are in a coma) . Similar to a power of attorney, an agent is appointed to make decisions when you cannot, concerning the issues dealt with in the Advance Health Care Directive. Most clients instruct me to include “pull the plug” provisions in these documents, however, you could instruct otherwise.
I have drafted scores of these documents. My clients have peace of mind knowing that their desires for end of life care will be honored, even if they cannot express those desires for themselves at the time. If you have questions concerning this or desire further information, please give me a call or contact me online.