Health Care Proxies:
A Health Care Proxy empowers a pre-appointed “agent” to make health decisions for you while you are incapacitated. Health Care Proxies cover instances where you are unconscious and someone must decide whether you will receive routine and emergency medical treatment. Health Care Proxies also cover instances in which it must be decided whether to use life-sustaining procedures, such as feeding tubes and ventilators.
A Living Will compliments a Health Care Proxy. Your Living Wills clearly indicates your desires regarding specific medical decisions should you become incapacitated, such as withholding or giving life support or undergoing emergency surgery. When both a Living Will and a Health Care Proxy are in place, you will ensure that the final decision regarding major foreseeable medical decisions is made by you, and that all other healthcare decisions will be made by an agent that you choose and trust.
To schedule a consultation with a lawyer skilled in estate planning and drafting Health Care Proxies and Living Wills, contact the law firm Piede Sun LLP.