Drafting a Health Care Power of Attorney
There may come a time when you are no longer able to make important decisions about your health care. When that time comes, you want someone you trust to have final authority. At the Carlsbad Village Law Office of Rickard L. Borg, we can help you understand the purpose of a health care power of attorney and prepare documentation that is suitable for your needs.
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A person with a health care power of attorney will be allowed to make important health care decisions for you if you are incapacitated or unable to make a decision yourself for any reason. A health care power of attorney is often important in cases of hospitalization due to an accident or serious illness.
Health care powers of attorney are especially important in situations where a person is lucid one moment and disoriented the next. By granting someone you trust the power of attorney, they can step in and do what is best for you without having to go to probate court for a guardianship intervention.
In addition to granting the power to make important medical decisions, a health care power of attorney will also include the HIPAA release of medical records so that your family members can visit and get updates of your condition. This way they can make informed decisions on your behalf about surgery, medication, life support, organ donation and more.
As your lawyer, Rickard L. Borg understands that a health care power of attorney is just one part of your comprehensive estate plan. We will also help you outline an advance directive, or living will, so your wishes will be honored when it comes to health care.
From our law offices in Carlsbad Village, we help California families develop plans to protect the people they love. Open during weekly business hours, we offer evening and weekend hours by appointment. Contact Rick today to schedule a consultation and find out what a health care power of attorney will mean for you.