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Advance Directive for Health Care

Growing old affects us all; while some may say aging is a privilege denied to many, there is no doubt that "maturing" into the final phases of life presents unique, and stressful, options. The Mazaheri Law Firm's guide to aiding the elderly will discuss three popular options the elderly may want to consider. This post will specifically address Advance Directives for Health Care.

Let's start with some basics - an Advance Directive for Health Care is a written legal document which provides instructions to your attending physician. The Advance Directive for Health Care states whether or not you wish to be given life-sustaining treatments and artificially administered nutrition and hydration. It also states other medical directions that impact the end of life. Any person of sound mind who is eighteen (18) or older may sign an Advance Directive for Health Care, as long as they sign the Advance Directive for Health Care in front of two witnesses who are eighteen (18) or older and not beneficiaries under your will. An Advance Directive for Health Care is not required to be notarized.

There are many reasons and benefits to signing an Advance Directive for Health Care. For example, an Advance Directive for Health Care can recognize your right to control some aspects of your medical care and treatment when you are not able to state those wishes directly. An Advance Directive for Health Care may include directions for organ donation, the appointment of a health care proxy (a proxy is a person authorized to act for another), and a living will.

An Advance Directive for Health Care goes into effect when a team of physicians determine that you are either terminally ill, persistently unconscious, or are in an end-stage condition, and you are no longer able to make decisions regarding your medical treatment. An Advance Directive for Health Care does not determine your medical treatment in situations that do not affect your continued life, such as non-life-threatening medical conditions.

Visit here to fill out an Advance Directive for Health Care. This website can also address any additional questions you may have.

If you or someone you know wishes to discuss any end-of-life planning, please contact Mazaheri Law Firm today by phone at (405) 414-2222 or by e-mail.

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