Why Do I Need A Health Care Directive?
A health care directive or Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, which essentially includes a health care power of attorney and living will, is a legal document that appoints a trusted individual who can speak to medical professionals on your behalf and informs health care professionals and your loved ones about your desires regarding your medical care in the event that something happens to you. Having a health care directive will ensure that your doctors and loved ones abide by your wishes.
While we cannot predict whether an illness or sudden tragedy might befall us, it is possible to plan ahead. Call 770-609-4468 to speak with me about how I can help you take the necessary precautions to plan for your future today.
What Can Be Included In A Health Care Directive?
Every directive is unique to its creator. Yours should reflect your values, desires and what you believe will be best for you at the end of your life.
When writing your health care directive, it is important to consider the following:
- Who would you want to speak to medical professionals on your behalf?
- If you are in a terminal condition, do you want to be resuscitated should you stop breathing or your heart stops beating?
- Do you want your organs or tissues donated to those on the transplant list?
- If you are in a terminal condition, do you want to be kept on a ventilator and for how long?
- Do you want to donate your body to science once you have passed away?
- Do you prefer burial or cremation?
- Would you authorize an autopsy, if loved ones want to understand your cause of death?
Speaking with a lawyer about your plan will alleviate the stress that your loved ones may feel, and it allows for a smooth transition later on. Let Herman Law Firm, LLC, help you iron out the details of tomorrow, today.
When Should I Speak To An Attorney About An Advance Directive?
As with any other matters related to estate planning, there is no right or wrong time to think about your future. If you are contemplating a health care directive, an attorney can help ensure your documents meet state guidelines and are legally valid.