An Advance Health Care Directive allows those you've named (your agents) to make health care decisions if you cannot make them. In most cases, people assume this only involves the proverbial "pull the plug" scenario.
In this brief video segment, attorney Robert Mansour explains that agents often have much more responsibility. They are much more than "plug pullers," so to speak. Agents are often "advocates" for their loved ones. For example, if hospital staff are not paying attention to your loved one, an agent can demand they provide the proper care. The agent can move the loved one from one facility to another. The agent can access and obtain all medical records, films, etc. The agent can consent to surgery, obtain second opinions, handle post-death matters, and more.
Remember, when choosing an agent, make sure that person can make decisions when dealing with difficult emotions. Also, choose an agent who will not only consult with other loved ones and health care professionals when making such decisions, but also choose agents who will follow your instructions. Finally, keep in mind there are rarely an perfect choices. However, don't let that keep you from implementing this important legal tool.
If you want to learn more about estate planning and the various tools used to protect you and your loved ones, call (661) 414-7100 for more information. Robert Mansour serves Santa Clarita and its communities of Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, and beyond.