Advance directives give a person of your choosing the authority to make decisions on your behalf about the type of care you want in the event of incapacity or an end of life situation. Your directives may contain instructions about the types of medical treatments you would or would not want to be taken to keep you alive if you are in a coma or vegetative state.
In effect, advance directives (also known as Health Care Proxies or Health Care Directives) allow you to decide, while you are alive and well, the type of care you want and the person you want to make the decisions for you. They allow you to better ensure that your wishes will be followed, and spare your loved ones from making such important decisions on your behalf without knowing what you would have wanted. You can also take this a step further with a Living Will, which provides your loved ones with a plan for your care in the event you are incapacitated and incapable of making decisions for yourself.
Nobody wants to think about advance directives, but the consequences of not creating them far outweigh the difficulty of creating them in advance. We invite you to contact us for experienced counsel about the directives available and the ideal person or persons to serve as your agent.