Written by attorney Marisa J.C. Nelson | Sep 27, 2012

Advance Health Care Directives.

An Advance Health Care Directive lays out your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment, organ donation, funeral arrangements, etc., so that your agent, family members, and doctor will be informed about what you want when it comes time to make these decisions.

A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is part of your Advance Health Care Directive. It authorizes an agent to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to do so. It also allows your authorized agent to access your medical information. A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care can be revoked or amended at any time, so long as you remain legally competent.

Talk to your family about what you want, so that they understand your views on life-sustaining treatment and other health issues, and will work with you to follow your wishes when the time comes. Difficult situations can be greatly simplified for everyone involved when you've made your wishes known beforehand.

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