Oklahoma City Healthcare Directives Attorney
A Useful & Versatile Part of Your Estate Plan
Your Healthcare Directives are actually a set of legal documents. While trusts, wills, and powers of attorney (business) are designed to take care of your assets, debts, and other affairs, healthcare directives are there to take care of you. These tools allow you to express your wishes and select a trusted decision maker if you are very sick.
Contact us to draft your healthcare directives today.
Living Will & the ADHC
One of the most important of your healthcare directives is your living will. It is the legal document where you state, in writing, whether you wish to be kept on life support if you are hopeless sick (“terminally ill”) or brain dead (“persistently unconscious”).
So, your living will deals with one of toughest medical decisions your family will ever face. It allows you to make that tough decision and write it down in advance. Doing so avoids placing your family in the position of having to decide whether to remove you from life support.
In Oklahoma, your living will is part of your Advanced Directive for Healthcare (the “ADHC”), along with some other provisions. One of these other provisions of your ADHC allows you to pick a person to make the decisions regarding life-support if you prefer to have a person do so at the time it is needed, rather than use your written wishes.
Another section of the ADHC allows you to express detailed wishes about organ donation (“anatomical gifts”). Each of these sections of the document have some flexibility that unfortunately, few people bother to take advantage of in their ADHC.
Most people will use only the very basic form provided by their doctor or hospital. If you do so, you miss out on an opportunity to express these important decisions in much greater accuracy and detail. The Oklahoma City estate planning attorneys at McBride & Associates have extensive experience in designing your ADHC and your other estate planning tools in a way that best benefits you, not just any generic person on the street.
It’s important to remember that the ADHC is only used in rare circumstances. Most everyone needs some other legal documents to address circumstances that are far more likely to arise. For example, your Medical Power of Attorney will almost certainly be needed more frequently than your ADHC.
Medical Power of Attorney
Your medical power of attorney (“MPoA”) is probably the most important Healthcare Directive you will have in your estate plan. This is because it applies to you in a wide variety of circumstances. It allows you to express your wishes, in advance, regarding a vast range of medical issues.
Most importantly, your MPoA allows you to select of list of people that you trust to make these important medical decisions for you. Using the MPoA, you give those people a sufficient amount of legal power to take care of you. The person you pick will be empowered to authorize use of medications, treatments, and surgery on your behalf, along with other powers.
Doing so often avoids potential arguments amongst family members. A MPoA written for you by an experienced attorney will ensure that these problems and many others never arise.
Other Healthcare Directives
Your advanced directive for healthcare and your medical power of attorney are not the only tools that you will need relating to your healthcare needs. Others include nomination of a legal guardian, and funeral and burial directives. Each of these tools has an important role in providing a comprehensive plan for all of your needs.
Getting started is not difficult – you need only to sit down with one of our Oklahoma City and Edmond estate planning attorneys, learn about your options, and begin making some important choices. Our lawyers will take care of the rest.
Call (405) 896-3615 today for a free consultation.