Healthcare Proxy Attorney in Brewster, NY
Caring for a loved one as they age can be a challenging and emotional experience. There may come a time in which your loved one can no longer make healthcare decisions on their own. In these situations, it may be the responsibility of a family member to make decisions for them. Of course, it can be extremely difficult to try to be the voice of a person other than yourself. An advance healthcare directive can allow a person to make their own decisions and have a plan for the future should they become incapacitated. If you need an attorney to assist you in creating an advance healthcare directive, you can count on the legal team at The Law Offices of Andres D. Gil, PLLC. Contact our offices today to discuss your situation.
What is an advance healthcare directive?
An advance healthcare directive, which is sometimes referred to as a healthcare proxy, is a legal document that allows a competent adult to appoint another person as an “agent” to make decisions for them regarding your health care. This document can go into effect in the event you lose your decision-making capacity or the ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of health care decisions. The proxy can be general and apply to all medical decisions or it can impose limitations and spell out specific instructions. Several states may limit its applicability in certain situations. Therefore, it is essential to contact an attorney to write and execute this document on your behalf.
Why should I execute an advance healthcare directive?
Planning for the future is very important no matter what stage of life you are in. Even if your health is in great condition now, this can change unexpectedly. In the blink of an eye, you may not be able to make decisions for yourself, so it is best to communicate your wishes and always be prepared. Though this scenario can be difficult to think about, it is beneficial to have a plan in place in the event that a health scare occurs.
What can be included in an advance healthcare directive?
When creating an advance healthcare directive, there are a lot of decisions that can be made. Of course, these are conversations that should be had with your loved ones so they can respect your wishes if you cannot communicate these decisions by yourself. Some of the decisions that can be made in an advance healthcare directive include the following:
- CPR use
- Ventilator use
- Artificial nutrition
- Artificial hydration
- Hospice care
Contact a Putnam County Advance Healthcare Directive Attorney
If you or a loved one is thinking about creating a comprehensive estate plan, be sure to include an advance healthcare directive. The experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Andres D. Gil, PLLC has the skill and compassion necessary to assist you as you prepare decisions about your health care in the future. Contact our office today for experience when it matters most.