Health Care Directives
Los Angeles Trust Attorney Providing Reliable Legal Counsel
As you enter your golden years, you will need to start taking steps to
ensure that your health will be maintained and that you will be cared
for, even after you become incapacitated for one reason or another. Using
a health care directive is a great way to ensure that your wishes and
medical requirements are met and respected.
If you are thinking about setting up your own health care directive as
part of your
trust, you can come to the Law Offices of David A. Shapiro, P.C. for assistance.
Attorney Shapiro has earned
board certification in both trust law and probate law, giving him an advantage over many others
in his field. For his clients, this specialization allows him to approach
each case with insight, creativity, and efficiency, putting to rest any
concerns they may have had about health care directives as a whole.
Want to know more about our services? Call 310.853.1554 today.
Making Sense of Advanced Health Care Directives
In the state of California, people are permitted to create health care
directives, or documents that tell others how they would wish to receive
medical care should they become incapacitated, at essentially any time
in their lives. For many people who create health care directives, they
do so in full understanding that the natural aging process will eventually
render them unable to fully take care of themselves. For others, the possibility
of suffering a devastating accident or becoming comatose due to illness
prompts them to take legal action sooner than later. Whatever your reason
for wanting to create a health care directive in advance, it is always
to your advantage to begin before much time passes.
You will need to consider what medical attention and treatments you want
to receive in case of an emergency, such as:
- CPR or defibrillation
- Surgery or organ transplant
- Medication and painkiller usage
- Artificial respiration (Iron Lung)
Creating a health care directive does not always pertain to telling medical
practitioners what lifesaving techniques to use on you when you are incapacitated
or rendered unable to respond. Instead, it can be used to clearly state
not be done to save your life. This is crucial to point out, for it can allow
family members to feel at peace when they would have otherwise felt guilt.
Choosing an Agent for Your Directive
You may wish to select an agent to take control of your health care directive.
This individual, who can be selected through the use of a
durable power of attorney, will be charged with ensuring that your final wishes are respected. In
combination, your health care directive and the durable power of attorney
come together to form an advanced health care directive. When do so correctly,
this new documentation will serve as “law” for your final
care, and doctors and your agent must follow it as closely as they can.
Trustworthy Legal Counsel for Your Trust Needs
When we say that you can trust our Los Angeles trust attorney, it is not
just a clever play on words, it is a promise to you. At our law firm,
we want to do all we can to guide our clients through complicated legal
processes regarding trusts,
probate, and more. Tell us about your health care directive plans during a
free initial consultation and we can take it from there.