It is important to create a healthcare directive so you can have some continued control over your health decisions if something happens to you and you cannot communicate your preferences for care. You need to know what to include in a healthcare advanced directive and how to express your preferences so your wishes will be respected in the event that a medical emergency arises. The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can help.
Everyone, of any age, should have an advanced directive because making advanced decisions on healthcare can ensure you will not receive care you aren’t comfortable with and can ensure that you do receive care that you want. Making decisions in advance can also spare your family from making hard choices, can allow you to ensure your loved ones know your preferences and can help you to prevent your family from fighting over the kinds of care you want.
Give us a call to find out how The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can assist you with your healthcare directive so you can be ready in case the worst happens and a medical emergency arises.
What Should Be a part of Your Healthcare Directive?
According to the Massachusetts Court System: “Massachusetts is one of only three states that recognizes Health Care Proxies but does not recognize Living Wills. Living Wills are still potentially useful because they guide Agents and physicians about the types of choices a person would make.”
Living wills are documents that you use to specify what kinds of care you do, and do not, wish to receive under appropriate circumstances. You can complete a living will and provide it to your doctors and to your chosen healthcare proxy so your preferences on different kinds of medical care will be known. However, unlike in many other states, a living will is not the key part of a healthcare directive in Massachusetts.
Instead, the centerpiece of your healthcare directive is the selection of a healthcare proxy. This should be a trusted person who can make medical care choices on your behalf in case you are so sick or hurt that you cannot let your doctor’s know what kinds of care you do, and do not, want to receive.
Your healthcare proxy will be given the legal authority to speak for you on consenting or declining treatment in circumstances where you cannot make your own preferences known. You should work with an experienced attorney to ensure you have followed the proper protocols for naming a healthcare proxy so you can have control over who makes decisions on your behalf.
When Should You Create a Healthcare Directive?
Creating a healthcare directive is an important part of the incapacity planning process. This process should be done while you are still healthy and while you are still of sound mind. If you wait to make your plans and something unexpectedly happens to you, it is going to be too late for you to have any say about who makes important medical decisions or about the kinds of care you want to decline.
If something happens and you have no plan, your family may fight over what kinds of care you want and could be forced to go to court for a decision to be made regarding who is going to be in charge of making treatment choices. This process can be expensive, time consuming, and difficult at a time that is already very high-stress.
You want to spare your family a painful and difficult decision-making process and ensure that you have taken control over who is going to make care choices for you. You should talk with a Massachusetts incapacity planning lawyer today to make a healthcare directive, if you have not yet done so.
Getting Help from A Massachusetts Incapacity Planning Lawyer
A Massachusetts incapacity planning lawyer at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can provide you with assistance creating a healthcare directive. Our legal team can also assist you with taking other steps to make a comprehensive incapacity plan, including making provisions for who should care for your assets and making certain you can pay for nursing home care if you have an incapacitating illness and need to live in a nursing home for a period of time until recovery or until your death.
To find out more about healthcare directives and other incapacity planning tools, join us for a free seminar . You can also give us a call at 866-370-3888 or contact us online today to speak with a Worcester incapacity planning lawyer about a personalized plan that works for your situation.
Latest posts by Attorney Jim Miller (see all)
- Boston Startups Are Serving the Elderly Population - August 31, 2017
- What is Custodial Care and Why Does it Matter? - August 29, 2017
- Do You Need Asset Protection Attorneys If You’re Not Very Wealthy? - August 24, 2017