Health Care Directives

A health care directive (sometimes called an advance health care directive or a power of attorney for health care) is a legal tool that allows you to express specific wishes about your health care. A health care directive can:

  1. Help you during your lifetime, while you are temporarily unable to make medical decisions for yourself because of incapacity or unconsciousness. A properly prepared health care directive will inform doctors about what medical treatment you want and do not want. For example, you can indicate in a health care directive that you do not want to be given certain medications or that you want a hospital to perform a certain procedure to keep you alive. A health care directive can be used to appoint an agent to make certain medical decisions (or all such decisions) for you.
  2. Help you at the end of your life, addressing sensitive issues such as organ donation and funeral arrangements.

Plan Well And Be Prepared — Now And At The End Of Your Life

I am attorney Dorothea J. Kingsbury. I work with individuals and families to prepare for whatever life holds in store. I help my clients develop customized estate plans that may include a health care directive. I can help you answer relevant questions like:

  • Do I need to designate my spouse, children, or someone else to decide on my medical treatment?
  • What is a living will?
  • Do I need a do not resuscitate order or other document to accommodate my wishes?
  • Do I need a special power of attorney if I, or a loved one, have a history of psychiatric illness?
  • Will a health care power of attorney makes things easier for my family?
  • Is a health care directive part of my will?
  • Can I change a health care directive once it has been prepared? (The answer is yes.)

Contact Me To Learn More

Talk to a Cleveland, Ohio, lawyer for health care directives and powers of attorney. Contact me today to learn how you can protect yourself and your family.