No. You can simply name a patient advocate. But, remember that your advocate can only have lifesustaining care stopped if you say so in your durable power. It is probably better to have written instructions because then everyone can read them and understand your wishes. If you do not want to name an advocate, you can write a “living will” stating your choices. Even though there is not a Living Will law in Michigan, courts and health care providers still find these documents useful because they show your choices for care. Or, you can simply make sure your family and caregivers know what you want if you were to get sick. It is important for hospitals to understand your wishes. Writing them down makes it clear what you want.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified estate planning lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local estate planning attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.