More Why You Need A Healthcare Power Of Attorney

A Healthcare Power of Attorney permits you to select an agent to make critical decisions regarding your healthcare if you are incapacitated and cannot act for yourself. If you are in critical condition due to an accident or disease, your agent can communicate your desires to medical personnel to assure your care reflects your intentions under the circumstances.

Generally, a Healthcare Power of Attorney describes certain life-prolonging treatments. You select which treatment you do or do not want applied in the event you are suffering a terminal illness or are in a permanent vegetative state.

This document is more extensive and replaces what historically has been called a Living Will. A Living Will is only operative if your ultimate recovery is hopeless. A Healthcare Power of Attorney is operative in that case but also is operative when your health is not so dire.

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