An important part of Estate Planning is designating trusted persons to make certain decisions for you during your lifetime, especially in the event that you suffer a mental incapacity. Without lifetime directives, the superior court would have to appoint someone to care for you and your personal business via an intrusive, expensive and protracted court proceeding called conservatorship.
Most clients adopt Durable Powers of Attorney over the client’s personal care and the client’s personal business during the client’s lifetime in order to appoint trusted persons to act as their agent in the event of the client’s mental incapacity, and the client’s resulting inability to manage the client’s own personal care and the client’s own personal business.
Most clients also adopt an Advance Health Care Directive over the client’s health care decisions during the client’s lifetime to state the client’s personal health care philosophy, and to appoint trusted persons to act as the client’s health care agent in the event of the client’s mental incapacity, and the client’s resulting inability to grant health care providers informed consent to treatment.
A few clients desire to grant more detailed or more extensive health care powers, and they adopt certain additional health care documents, including old-fashioned Directives To Physician, modern Physician Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment, Do Not Resuscitate Orders, or Terminally Ill Patient Assisted Suicide Directives. We can direct you to the proper source for these documents.