Living Wills & Advance Directives

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What Is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a legal document that allows a person to express their end-of-life care wishes in advance of a serious illness or injury. It supports a person in appointing a healthcare agent to make decisions on their behalf, should they no longer be able to do so. The agent may be a family member, friend, or attorney. The advance directive also specifies the types of medical treatment the person would or would not want, such as artificial nutrition, hydration, or life-sustaining medical treatments.

At Law Office of Vincent Van Ho, our Sacramento advance directives lawyer is experienced in drafting these complex, multi-faceted, and highly personalized documents. Our legal team is standing by to support you in granting decision-making authority to a trusted agent. Call us at (916) 507-2264 today to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Advance Directives

  • Living will: This document spells out the types of medical treatments and life-sustaining measures you want and don’t want, such as mechanical breathing (respiration and ventilation), tube feeding, and resuscitation.
  • Durable power of attorney: This legal document grants someone you trust the authority to make decisions on your behalf. This can include financial, legal, and healthcare decisions. The “durable” aspect means that this power remains in effect even if you become mentally incapacitated or unable to make decisions for yourself.
  • Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders: These are binding medical orders that are written into a patient’s medical records. In the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest, a DNR order instructs health care providers not to perform life-saving CPR

Remember, the laws governing advance directives vary by state, so it’s important to consult with an estate planning attorney and healthcare professionals when creating these documents.

When to Create an Advance Directive

Creating an advance directive is a crucial step that individuals should consider when planning for future healthcare decisions. While it may seem like something to postpone until old age or illness, the best time to create an advance directive is when you are healthy and capable of making informed decisions. This allows you to think clearly about your values, beliefs, and wishes regarding medical treatment.

Unexpected situations such as accidents or sudden illness can occur at any age, making it important to have these documents in place beforehand. By doing so, you ensure that your healthcare preferences are known and legally documented, which can provide peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.

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Helping Clients Grant Decision-Making Authority

When planning for the future, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of your healthcare wishes. Our attorney at Law Office of Vincent Van Ho can provide valuable assistance in creating an advance directive. This expertise can be beneficial in navigating the complexities of the process and ensuring your document is legally valid. Our legal team can help articulate and document your desires concerning medical treatments, life-sustaining measures, and who should make decisions on your behalf. Additionally, we are experienced in drafting wills, trusts, and other matters of estate planning for the ultimate peace of mind.

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