The Importance of Health Care Directives

What is a Health Care Directive? 

A Health Care Directive is a legal document where a person can express whether or not they want to try medical treatment in certain specific medical situations.

These documents can be very lengthy and can cover wide ranges in hypothetical medical situations. As a consequence, it can take a long time to complete these documents. In the end, however, you may feel assured that many important decisions have been predetermined.

What Does a Health Care Directive Do? 

Your Health Care Directive does two very important things:

  • It allows the person who executes this document to remain in control of their medical treatment even when they become incapacitated. By expressing their preferences ahead of time, family members or friends know what the person wanted and didn’t want in medical treatment.
  • It removes very difficult medical decisions for family members and friends to have to make. Medical decisions can be very difficult because they have to be made during very difficult emotional times.

What are the Benefits? 

By creating a Health Care Directive, important decisions are already made for your family members and friends. This makes it easier for them to cope during this difficult time. A person interested in executing a Health Care Directive as well as powers of attorney, living wills and wills should contact an experienced estate planning attorney.

If you wish to establish or amend your Health Care Directive, get in touch with Losavio & DeJean, LLC, The Louisiana Elder Law Firm. You can contact us online or call us at (800) 835-5864.