Dade City Advance Directive Lawyer
Delegate important healthcare and medical decisions to those you trust
If there ever comes a time when you are unable to make decisions about your healthcare, you’ll want to know that the right decisions will be made according to your wishes. Having advance directives in place should the need arise will take care of this concern. Without advance directives, doctors may perform procedures you do not want, family members may fight or agonize over the best course of action for you, and a judge may have to impose a guardianship over you in a legal proceeding. You decide who if anyone should have access to your medical record.
Advance directives are the proper way to relieve your loved ones of anguish and make sure others know the decisions you would make. At the Law Office of Laurie R. Chane, we’ll take the time to sit down with you and review advance directives. As part of our comprehensive estate planning process, our Dade City advance directive lawyers craft the right set of legal documents to help ensure medical and healthcare decisions are made in accordance with your desires.
Designation of Health Care Surrogate
This document appoints a person of your choosing to act as your agent for health care decisions. You can provide guidance in the document regarding how you feel about certain medications or procedures, guardianship matters, end-of-life decisions, organ donation and related issues. A Designation of Health Care Surrogate is like a power of attorney, but specifically for health care decisions.
In a living will, you are able to make your wishes known regarding which measures you want taken to prolong your life, such as feeding tubes, breathing tubes, or radical surgeries or medical procedures. You can also express your wishes for pain management and comfort in a terminal illness.
A Do Not Resuscitate Order, or DNRO, tells medical personnel that you do not wish to be resuscitated in the event of cardiac arrest or pulmonary arrest (respiratory arrest). A DNRO is a physician’s order signed by a doctor, and it is respected by other medical personnel. A DNRO can be created by you as well as someone you designated as your health care surrogate.
If you have created advance directives such as a living will or DNRO, make sure you have told your loved ones about their contents and where to find them. You may also want to make sure your doctor or hospital has copies as well.
Discuss Your Desires for Advance Directives with Dade City Estate Planning Lawyer Laurie R. Chane
For help drafting a comprehensive estate plan that meets all of your needs now and for the future, call the Law Office of Laurie R. Chane at 352-567-0055 and share your concerns with a skilled and knowledgeable Dade City advance directive lawyer.