Why is a health care directive important? A directive ensures that health care wishes are followed if you become physically or mentally incapacitated and are unable to communicate your health care choices to your attending physician.
How to Make a Health Care Directive
There are certain requirements a directive must meet to be legal. They are:
With a valid directive, previously called a “living will” or “health care power of attorney,” you can appoint an agent to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself due to illness or injury. Your agent must follow any specific instructions you include in your directive.
It is common to appoint a spouse, child, another family member, or close friend to act as a health care agent. Ultimately, your agent should be someone you trust with making the medical decision on your behalf.
Other Information the Directive May Contain
Your instructions may address other topics, including:
Some clinics and hospitals provide blanket forms for you to complete. These may not address certain medical decisions you want acted upon or allow your agent to review your medical records. A proper and thorough directive ensures that your family will have access to medical records, the ability to speak with your doctors, and clear direction regarding your wishes.
Put your mind at ease by speaking with an estate planning attorney at Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm and ensure that your directive meets your desires exactly. Contact us at (763) 406-7000 to get started.