When sitting down to create your estate plan, you may be thinking about utilizing a healthcare power of attorney so that you’re protected in case of an emergency? Are you unsure of all of the uses of the healthcare power of attorney?
Take a look at some of the information below to learn more about how a healthcare power of attorney can help protect you for when the unexpected happens. If you have any questions about creating a healthcare power of attorney, meet with an estate planning attorney.
What is a healthcare power of attorney?
This is a legal document that allows you to appoint a healthcare power of attorney agent who will be responsible for making medical decisions as well ensuring your proper medical care.
If you’re ever incapacitated or terminally ill, you will want to make sure that someone is there to help you with your healthcare decisions. Your agent has a variety of responsibilities and can make a difference.
How can a healthcare power of attorney protect me?
If you are ever unable to make your own medical decisions, you need someone who can help you. You are protected by making sure that your best interests are considered at all times.
It can also help protect your and your family from a legal battle. If you don’t appoint an agent, your family will need to get court approval in order to help you with your healthcare decisions. This can be an extremely costly and lengthy process.
What can my agent do?
Your agent will have a number of responsibilities. He or she will be able to help in the following ways:
- Make important medical decisions
- Fire or hire medical professionals responsible for your care
- Decide on the best medical facility for your care
- Communicate with medical professionals on a regular basis
- Have access to your medical records and document
If you have any questions about implementing a healthcare power of attorney in your estate plan, consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.