Advance health care directives
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O ur estate planning firm is proud to serve the residents of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa and the surrounding communities of California with their needs in advanced health care directives. An advance health care directive is essential if you become incapacitated or unable to make your own health care decisions.
The form allows you to specify your health care requests as well as the name of an individual to make those important health care decisions for you. By creating one in advance, you can get rid of any uncertainties in the future that may come up as well as get a peace of mind in knowing that you will be under proper care if you become incapacitated.
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At Gullotta Law Group, our Sonoma County estate planning attorneys can assist you in creating an effective advance health care directive that properly specifies your exact health care wishes.
Parts of an advance health care directive
In California, you are allowed to fill out as much of the advance health care directive as you please. Whether you wish to fill out one part of the form or fill it out entirely, that choice is up to you.
The parts of the advance health care directive include:
- Part 1: Allows you to specify an agent within a power of attorney to act on your behalf and make important health care decisions for you when you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to.
- Part 2: This part of the form is where you would specify your exact instructions for health care. From keeping you on life support to withdrawing from treatment, you are given the freedom to include any and all specification in the matter.
- Part 3: Your wishes for donating your organs are found under this section of the form.
- Part 4: Here you specify the name of physician responsible for your health care matters.
- Part 5: Once the other parts are completed, the document must be signed and dated by two witnesses OR recognized by a notary public.
- Part 6: If the patient is under the care of a nursing facility, an Ombudsman or Patient Advocate must also recognize the advanced health care being finalized.
When creating an advance health care directive, you have the freedom to change or revoke it at any given time. Although it becomes finalized, you always remain in control of your health care decisions.
If you feel that your health care requests have changed or that the agent you selected to act on your behalf is now unfit for the role, our estate planning firm can assist you
What happens if i become incapacitated?
When an individual becomes incapacitated or can no longer make important health care decisions, an advance health care directive goes into effect. This is an important part of an estate plan and we would be more than happy to get you started in the process.
Our goal is to translate your specific health care wishes and requests into a binding advance health care directive. This allows you to feel more at ease in knowing that if something were to happen, your requests would be followed and a trusted individual that has your best interests in mind would be appointed to act on your behalf.