A Health Care Directive is also known as a directive to physicians. A Health Care Directive is not part of a Will. It is a separate document that lets family members know what type of care you do or do not want to receive should you become unable to make rational decisions due to incapacity. In addition to a Health Care Directive, you can also establish a health care power of attorney. A health care power of attorney allows you to designate someone to make health care decisions for you and consent to the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures on your behalf.
A Health Care Directive is ever more important in this day of advanced medical technology. A typical Health Care Directive states that if your life is being sustained solely by artificial means, it is your desire to terminate these means where there is very little chance of recovery. You must make this declaration while you are still competent.
Although planning for a future that may include the inability to make decisions can be difficult and emotional, the attorneys at JEFFREY BURR can guide you through every step of the process. We will strive to see that your wishes are carried out in the manner that you have directed. Offices in Las Vegas and Henderson, we are ready to answer your questions and help you through the entire process. Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact us today for a free 30-minute in-office trust or Will consultation.