What is a Medical Power of Attorney, and why do I need one?
Carefully crafted and well thought out estate planning is one of the most important things you can do for your family. Granted, having open conversations about what to do when you are incapacitated or no longer around may not be the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning. But there’s no denying having a plan in place is essential.
While most people immediately think of documents such as wills and trusts when it comes to their estate planning needs, there are a variety of additional solutions. This includes today’s topic: Medical Power of Attorney.
Medical Power of Attorney – a general overview
Similar to a will or trust, a medical power of attorney allows you the opportunity to leave detailed instructions behind for your family. A medical power of attorney, however, is more concerned with determining who you want to be in charge of making healthcare decisions if you become incapacitated. Examples of these situations include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia
- A serious accident that has left you in a coma
- A stroke that makes communicating impossible
A medical power of attorney does not take effect until the day you are considered legally incapacitated. At that point, the person in charge can make decisions for you that range from medical treatment and medications to tests, potential surgeries, and possible transportation to a rehabilitation or long-term care facility. In the event you pass away, the medical power of attorney is no longer valid.
How do I get a medical power of attorney?
There are a variety of options online where you can print out a form and have it signed and notarized. But this option doesn’t always account for your specific situation. At Nelson Law Group, we carefully guide you through the estate planning process and help you make thoughtful, informed decisions.
Beyond a MPA, other estate planning documents we help prepare include:
- Last Will and Testament
- Revocable Living Trusts
- Durable Powers of Attorney
- Medical Authorizations
- Burial directives
- Declarations of Guardian
- Advanced healthcare directives/living wills
Call Nelson Law Group today!!
When it comes to protecting your family’s future for years down the road, it is imperative to have an estate planning attorney in your corner at all times. Give our knowledgeable staff here at Nelson Law Group, PC a call if you have any further questions regarding this – or any other – issue. Our staff is always available.
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