If you become unable to make treatment decisions and you do not have an advance directive, your close family member(s) will talk to your doctor, and in most cases, may then make decisions on your behalf. However, if your family members, doctor or other caregivers disagree about your medical care, it may be necessary for a court to appoint someone as your legal guardian. (This also may be necessary if you do not have a family member to make decisions on your behalf.) That’s why it is important to put your wishes in writing to make it clear who should decide for you and to help your family and doctor know your wishes.
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.