Sometimes, because of illness or injury, people are not able to decide about treatment for themselves. You may want to plan in advance and create an Advance Directive to appoint a health care agent and/or make your wishes and instructions known regarding your mental and physical health care, so that these wishes may be followed if you become unable to decide for yourself for a short or longterm period. If you don’t plan ahead, family members or other people close to you may not be allowed to make decisions for you or follow your wishes, and/or no one will know what treatment choices you may have preferred.
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.