The 4 Healthcare Directives You Need Now
Healthcare directives allow you to remain in control of your health care decisions.
They are an essential part of your estate plan. Below are the legal documents that
comprise healthcare directives.
You’re likely somewhat familiar with the privacy protections of HIPAA as each
time you see a new doctor or pick up a prescription, you need to sign a HIPAA
release. You need a HIPAA release as part of your estate planning so that medical
professionals will disclose information to your appointed health care agents.
Health Care Proxy
In the health care proxy, you name an agent to make health care decisions for you
if you are not able to make those decisions yourself.
It is important to name someone who cares about you and can be assertive with
medical professionals such as doctors. Your estate planning attorney will guide
you in this selection and will recommend that you name successor health care
agents in case the agent you named is unable or unwilling to serve.
The Living Will
The living will is called an “advanced directive” because you are giving direction
in advance. The living will provides that you don’t want to be kept alive in the
event you are in an irreversible coma, persistent vegetative state, or otherwise
terminal and at the very end of life.
Some people express these wishes by stating that they don’t want to be hooked up
The Organ Donation Form
Just as you indicate on your driver’s license that you want to be an organ donor,
your estate planning can help you to fill out an organ donation form during estate
planning. You may have the opportunity to save up to eight lives by being an
If you have questions about medical directives, consult with a qualified estate
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