Pasadena Advanced Healthcare Directive Lawyers Helping Clients Protect Their Wishes for Treatment in Case of Incapacitation in California

Many people think that having a final will prepared would take care of everything after dying. But what happens if you unexpectedly become seriously ill or unable to express your desires for medical care? Where should your funeral and end-of-life care requests be documented? 

These are only a few roles that an advanced healthcare directive can play. Our lawyers describe the operation of advanced healthcare directives and how to draught one.

What Is a Directive for Advanced Healthcare?

A living will and a medical power of solicitor are at least two papers that make up an advanced healthcare directive. It could also contain additional papers, including a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) directive. These agreements let your family and medical professionals know how you want to be cared for if you cannot communicate.

Your precise treatment wishes, such as whether or not you want life support, are addressed in your living will. Also, you can change your advanced directives to reflect any cultural or religious beliefs that might influence the type of medical treatment you desire to receive. The power of a solicitor enables the person of your choosing to communicate with medical professionals, approve procedures, and make decisions on your behalf.

Why Is Having an Advanced Healthcare Directive Important?

Would your family know what to do and make the best healthcare decisions on your behalf if you lost the ability to speak for yourself due to sickness, advanced age, or an unexpected accident? An advanced healthcare directive can help your family by relieving some of the obligations during this trying time. Also, it would lessen the possibility of arguments or misunderstandings regarding the kind of care you desire.

Also, even though many individuals include their funeral wishes in their last will and testament, it is common for the decedent’s will to be discovered and read weeks after the funeral has already taken place. Your desires for your funeral and your preferences for palliative or end-of-life care should be recorded in a living will rather than another document.

How can I get a California advanced healthcare directive?

In California, there are various ways to get an advanced healthcare directive. You may get a free generic form or template online or ask your lawyer to help you create a more specialized document that better matches your needs.

Whatever method you use to get your paperwork, following the correct procedures is critical to ensure your advanced healthcare directive will be enforceable. Your signature and the signatures of two additional witnesses or a notary public are required on all of your paperwork. A few fundamental guidelines exist for choosing your witnesses for the signing process. To ensure that your advanced healthcare directive paperwork is legally legitimate, speaking with a solicitor could be in your best interest.

Is Legal Counsel Required While Writing an Advanced Healthcare Directive?

Although there are numerous alternatives for people wishing to make their advanced healthcare directives, as was previously noted, you could find that the procedure can quickly become overwhelming. You may ensure that your documents accurately represent your objectives and that they will function as intended by relying on the knowledge and experience of a solicitor who frequently assists clients in creating their advanced healthcare directives.

We at Barilari & Williams, LLC know that no one likes the idea of being admitted to the hospital or rendered unable. Our legal staff wants to make drafting an advanced healthcare directive as simple and pleasant as possible while ensuring the document fully reflects your choices for medical treatment. Contact our Pasadena office at 888-EST-PLAN if you have any concerns about drafting your advanced healthcare directives or are ready to start.

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