California Advance Healthcare Directive Lawyer
Discuss Your Advance Healthcare Directive with La Mirada Estate Planning Attorney
If you became severely injured or ill, who would make your decisions regarding your healthcare? Many illnesses and injuries can suddenly render you unable to discuss your treatment with your doctor or make your own decisions, so it is critical to have documents in place that give a trusted individual the authority to do so. The estate planning law firm of Brasov Law helps clients throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County plan for this situation be drafting healthcare surrogate documents, including an advanced healthcare directive.
Designating Someone to Make Healthcare Decisions
Also commonly called an advanced healthcare directive or a healthcare power of attorney, a healthcare surrogate document bestows authority on another person to make decisions regarding both your everyday care and your end-of-life care. Whether you become incapacitated for a couple of weeks or permanently, you want to have control over who is in charge of your care. Your trusted family and friends can make sure to implement your values and decisions regarding your healthcare with an advanced healthcare directive and a waiver allowing for the release of your medical information to those you trust to make informed decisions on your behalf.
If you do not have a healthcare surrogate in place, your doctors or even the courts may appoint someone to step in and make decisions. These decisions may not be in line with your wishes or values. Instead, as part of your comprehensive estate plan, you should give a trusted friend or family member the right to make decisions, which may include:
- Whether to have blood transfusions
- Whether to receive pain medications
- Whether to have a ventilator or feeding tube
- Whether to be kept on other types of life support
Learn More from a Healthcare Surrogate Lawyer in Southern California
With a properly drafted advance healthcare directive, you can ensure your medical care will limit the suffering of you and your family and that your healthcare will be in line with your religious and moral beliefs and values. Call 562.485.4850 today to request a consultation.