As you plan for the future, you must come to grips with the fact that you could one day be incapacitated. And if that happens, you’re unable to make your own medical decisions. Fortunately, with a medical power of attorney, you can make these decisions in advance to ensure that you receive the appropriate care.
The primary goal of a medical power of attorney is to outline the following:
- The type of treatment and care you want to receive: There may be specific things you want your medical team to do in the event of serious injury or illness. For example, you may want to opt for any procedure or treatment that can prolong your life. Or perhaps you want to make note of a specific facility that you want to receive care at.
- The type of treatment and care you don’t want to receive: Just as there are types of treatment and care that you want, there may be things that you wish to avoid. If you don’t touch on these things in your estate plan — more specifically via a medical power of attorney — you could receive treatment that doesn’t align with your wishes. Include a list of things that you don’t want your medical team to do, such as putting you on life support.
Now, what do you think? Do you see why it’s so important to create a medical power of attorney?
Without this, your family is left to make important medical decisions on your behalf. Just the same, your medical team won’t have any guidance to follow.
If you’re ready to create a medical power of attorney, contact our law firm for professional guidance. We can discuss the above details, among others, to ensure that you get exactly what you want from this legal document.