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What Does An Advance Directive Do?
An advance directive for health care is one type of estate planning document that asserts your wishes for your health care and can be used to appoint a health care agent. A health care agent is the person who will make decisions about your treatment if you are incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes.
A health care agent will follow any desires you have described in your estate plan, such as the terms of your will, as well as make decisions that may not have been listed. It is important to choose someone who knows you well and understands what you would want given the situation.
Why Draft An Advance Directive?
An advance directive has a few benefits. For one, you can be assured that you are getting the care you would want. On top of that, you may choose a trusted family member or friend as your agent, which gives you further peace of mind that you will be in good hands if something happens to you.
When you do not appoint a health care agent through an advance directive, a judge may choose an agent for you. A judge will most likely choose one of your family members but it may not be the person you want or trust to make such important decisions for you.
Consult With A Lawyer About Your Estate Plan
At the Elder Law of Georgia, P.C., our attorneys have drafted hundreds of estate plans that uphold our clients’ wishes for their future. To learn more about beginning or updating your estate plan, please contact us online or call 470-201-5354.
Our office is in Gainesville but we serve the entire Hall County area.