Which Health Care Directive Do You Need?

It is important to establish health care directives in your estate plan, to make your wishes known. In many cases, you may not be able to communicate your decisions regarding medical treatment. Creating advance directives can help reduce your worries and ease the stress on your family, should you ever be in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself.

The Law Offices of George Castrataro, P.A., helps clients draft all types of health care directives to protect their wishes. Our attorneys can advise you on the directive that best fits your situation and personalize it to fit your individual needs.

There are various types of health care directives, so here's a brief overview of the most common plans:

Living Wills

Sometimes called a declaration or advance directive, a living will does not leave property to your loved ones like a will normally does. It is a document that allows you to establish your wishes regarding any medical treatment if you are unable to communicate for yourself.

Power Of Attorney

Medical power of attorney gives someone you trust the responsibility of making decisions about your medical treatment when you are unable to do so. Creating durable power of attorney is all in the wording of the document. Our attorneys can craft the document, so medical privacy laws do not interfere with your own wishes.

It is helpful to point out that establishing both a living will and power of attorney is beneficial for both you and your family. Your representative with durable powers of attorney would be able to ensure medical professionals follow the directives in your living will.

Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR)

A DNR is similar to a very specific living will. As its title implies, this order instructs medical professionals not to perform CPR or resuscitate you in the event of a medical emergency. Many people near the end of their lives or with serious illnesses decide to establish DNRs.

You can add a DNR to your health care directives and your medical record as well.

Discuss Your Advanced Health Care Directive With A Lawyer

We invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys to learn more about the process of preparing a health care directive. Call our Fort Lauderdale firm at 954-573-2003 or contact us online.