Advance Health Care Directives

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An advance health care directive informs your physicians and loved ones about your health care preferences. It may include your wishes in regards to donating organs, undergoing certain surgical procedures, or partaking in diagnostic testing. Advance health care directives may also have directions pertaining to whether you want life-sustaining treatment.

Advance health care directives must be written in a sound state of mind, so it is beneficial to create one as soon as possible. When you create an advance health care directive, you are saving your family from guessing what you want in terms of medical treatment. Our Thousand Oaks attorneys have assisted thousands of clients create advance health care directives, and we have the ability to help you, as well. Please contact our firm to learn more about constructing an advance health care directive.

How to Plan for the Creation of an Advance Health Care Directive

Prior to generating an advance health care directive, it may be beneficial to discuss health care treatment options with a physician. Once you make health care treatment decisions, you should discuss your choices with your loved ones. That way, they are aware of your wishes prior to the event when an advance health care directive is needed.

You may also choose a person, or agent, to handle your health care decisions. This person must respect your wishes, and carry out the choices stated in your advance health care directive. It is advised that you give a copy of your directive to your physician, agent, family members, and health care provider. Planning ahead will give your loved ones peace of mind when it comes to your medical decisions.

Why hire a Thousand Oaks estate planning attorney?

Your advance health care directive must clearly state your medical wishes. A lawyer can create an advance health care directive with you, and ensure that your choices won't be interpreted in a way that you did not wish. Advance health care directives that are unclear cannot be enforced, resulting in someone else making medical decisions on your behalf.

An estate planning attorney from our firm will work with you to construct an advance health care directive that is clear, concise, and follows California State laws. Call today at (805) 372-1507.

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