Preparing for an accident or emergency may not be a popular topic of conversation, however, having the correct documentation in place when something somber does happen will make life easier for your family and other loved ones. At Elder Law Services of California, we recommend that everyone over the age of 18 appoint a health care power of attorney, just in case something unexpected does happen. Without one, your family will be forced to resolve the matter in court, which ends up becoming a cumbersome and expensive process that could cost thousands of dollars.
What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney?
A health care power of attorney is a document that appoints an agent to make medical decisions on your behalf in the case of an emergency situation where you become incapacitated. The agent has the power to decide:
Doctors, nurses, social workers
Hospitals or clinics
Medications or tests
What happens to your body and organs after you pass away
Life support treatments (CPR, breathing machine or ventilator, dialysis, feeding tube, blood transfusions, surgery)
With a health care power of attorney, the principal person (you) gets to decide how an emergency medical situation will be handled without leaving family members guessing as to what should be done. Planning ahead with a health care power of attorney can give your caregiver, family members and other loved ones peace of mind when it comes to making decisions about your future health care.
Take Advantage of Your Free Consultation Today!
At Elder Law Services of California, our goal is to help prepare your family for the unexpected, and one of the easiest ways to provide that peace of mind is by appointing a power of attorney. Our team specialize in estate planning and will help appoint the right person to handle your medical decision making. Give us a call at (855) ELDER LAW to find out more information about health care powers of attorney or to make an appointment today! We look forward to serving you.