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What You Need to Know About Health Care Directives

If you were to become incapacitated today, do you know who would make healthcare decisions on your behalf? With proper planning, you can choose someone who clearly understands your wishes and instructions, and who is willing and capable of making those decisions for you. With their expertise in this area, the Deason Garner Law Firm attorneys will help you plan for unforeseen circumstances with advance health care directives at our Yuma, AZ, office. 

A living will is a document that allows you to state your desires regarding life-sustaining treatment if you should become terminally ill or fall into a permanent coma or vegetative state.

Why You Need to Plan for Your Health Care

Now is the best time to determine who will make your health care decisions when you cannot, especially if you are currently relatively young and healthy.  Today, you can make better decisions about what you would like, before you are faced with a debilitating injury or failing health. If your health is already failing, it is still best to select and talk about your wishes with your chosen confidant now, rather than later. In order to be legally binding, our attorneys can help you create the necessary documents.

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Now is the best time to determine who will make your health care decisions when you cannot, especially if you are currently relatively young and healthy.  

How to Plan for Your Health Care

Our attorneys will assist you in preparing and executing a valid health care power of attorney, mental health care power of attorney, and living will. The health care power of attorney will allow the person you designate (agent) to make the decisions regarding your health care, including whether or not to continue life-sustaining treatment, if you are unable to communicate your wishes. In addition to executing this document, you should discuss your wishes with your agent so that he or she completely understands your desires.

In Arizona, a health care power of attorney does not allow the agent to make decisions regarding your mental health, especially if you require admission to a Level 1 behavioral health facility. Persons with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia often have behavioral issues and may need hospitalization. Without a mental health care power of attorney, the only option for a concerned party would be to file for an emergency guardianship. The mental health care power of attorney will allow your agent to make the necessary decisions regarding your mental health care.

A living will is a document that allows you to state your desires regarding life-sustaining treatment if you should become terminally ill or fall into a permanent coma or vegetative state. Our attorneys will make sure that your wishes are properly expressed in these documents and that the documents are validly executed.

DocuBank

For all new clients, we offer membership for three years for a service called DocuBank. With this service, all of your relevant documents are stored electronically so that they may be quickly accessed in an emergency. You simply fill out and sign the needed documents, such as a healthcare power of attorney, which are then scanned into the system. You will receive a card to carry in your wallet that has a unique identification number and pin number so that your records can only be accessed by someone with this information. If you have a medical emergency, you can present the card and all of your relevant documents will be rapidly available to your healthcare provider.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

To learn more about how to ensure that your healthcare decisions are carried out if you become incapacitated, contact us today to make an appointment.

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After researching estate planning, my husband and I contacted Deason Garner Law Firm and were pleasantly surprised at the relative ease of setting up a Living Trust. All of the personnel we met at the firm, including but not limited to, Adam and Ashley, went above and beyond their assigned duties to make this happen for us. We feel confident in their expertise in this area and feel that we have made two new friends in Yuma! Thank you! K. Knight

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