While it may be a difficult issue to address, estate planning is an important step you can take to protect the interests of your family. A well prepared estate plan will help you ensure your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are taken care of once you're gone. If you pass away without a plan in place, your family members may be left to sort out the mess in court.
Healthcare directives allow you to inform medical professionals and family members about what kind of care you want when you can’t communicate those wishes yourself. At Rubenstein & Pitts, we take extra care to understand all of your wants and needs for health care directives. Our attorneys work with clients to discover all of their potential health care needs in the future in which they cannot represent themselves. Living wills, also known as a health care declaration, states what type of medical treatment you do or do not wish to receive if you are too ill or injured to direct your own care. These are important documents to have readily available for an unforeseen events in which our clients are unable to answer for themselves. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care documents, also known as a medical power of attorney, allows individuals to name a trusted person to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to communicate on your own. The person you name to make these decisions is usually called your agent or attorney-in-fact. They are given the authority to oversee the wishes you’ve set out in your health care declaration, as well as the power to make other necessary decisions about health care matters.