Advance Directives: Health Care Proxy And Power Of Attorney Documents

We cannot stress enough the need for all adults to have advance directives in place. While estate and trust planning tools are useful for distributing your assets after you've passed away, advance directives provide directions regarding your finances and medical care while you are alive. Without valid advance directives in place, your wishes may not be carried out in the event you are no longer able to manage your affairs.

Lissner & Lissner LLP prepares health care proxies and powers of attorney to meet your specific financial and medical needs. We understand the personal and unique nature of advance directives, and will thoroughly discuss these documents with you.

Health Care Proxies And Durable Powers Of Attorney

Choosing the right agents for health care proxies and durable powers of attorney is crucial. Advance directives provide a great deal of power to your agents unless you specifically limit their power. We will help you make the right choices for your situation. Our attorneys and staff will ask you questions so we understand precisely how you want your future financial and medical concerns handled.

One medical concern we will discuss is your wishes about receiving artificial nutrition and hydration. It is important that you decide whether you wish to receive this type of care, that it is included in your health care proxy and that your health care agents understand your wishes.

We recommend that everyone with a duly executed health care proxy include a copy in their medical records and, when traveling, carry a copy with them. We will also retain a copy (and the original if you desire) at our office of any health care proxy that we prepare, should it be required to be faxed in an emergency.

A durable power of attorney for property allows you to grant authority to an agent who will make decisions about your financial matters if you are incapacitated. Before we draft this document, we will learn about your estate, including assets such as bank accounts, property, other real estate holdings, retirement benefits and IRAs. We will ensure you know how you want your agent to manage these assets if you are unable to.

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