An advance medical directive details your wishes for medical care and interventions if you are ever unable to communicate them in the future. Essential to incapacity planning, advance medical directives can be a key element of an overall estate plan.
At the McKenzie Law Firm, our Denver estate planning attorney
is experienced at devising advance medical directives that clearly delineate medical treatment preferences in the event of incapacitation.
Whether you’re setting up an advance medical directive for the first time or you need help revising an existing directive, you can turn to the McKenzie Law Firm for experienced help, client-focused service, and exceptional solutions.
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Fundamentally, advance medical directives—or simply advance directives—can do two critical things. They can:
- Establisha health care proxy: This document legally designates someone else to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so for yourself. The designee is known as your health care agent. When choosing a health care agent, it’s important to select someone who you trust, like a spouse, child, or loved one.
- Detail your wishes for future medical care: This can include specific directives for medications, palliative care, and artificial feeding. It may also explain your wishes regarding CPR, life-support, resuscitation, and organ donation.
Advance medical directives can be set up through a combination of:
- Colorado estate planning tools: These usually include living wills, health care proxies, and/or medical powers of attorney. Depending on your wishes, you may need one or more of these tools to ensure the fulfillment of yourwishes in the future.
- Medical documents: If you have specific wishes regarding emergency or life-saving care, these may need to be set up with the help of a physician, using a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order and/or a Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form.
Some people choose to set up advance medical directives after being diagnosed with a serious, chronic, or life-threatening illness. For others, establishing an advance directive—outside of an immediate health threat and part of the estate planning process—can provide an essential safety net in case some type of accident or critical health event occurs in the future.
No matter when or why you choose to establish an advance medical directive, it can offer several benefits, like:
- Reducing your future pain and discomfort if you become incapacitated
- Minimizing your loved ones’ future stresses when it’s time to make important decisions about your medical care
- Avoiding extra health care costs if you don’t want certain treatments
- Providing invaluable peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
When you need assistance developing or revising an advance medical directive, it’s time to contact a trusted Denver estate planning attorney at the McKenzie Law Firm. Backed by more than three decades of experience, our team is known for providing compassionate service and effective estate planning solutions. At each step of the process, we’ll work closely with you, providing the care, insight, and guidance you need and deserve.
Let’s talk about your needs and wishes for an advance medical directive. To speak to our trusted, compassionate Denver estate planning attorney, simply contact the McKenzie Law Firm today.
Call (303) 578-2745 or email the McKenzie Law Firm to schedule a no-obligation Discovery Session.
In a Discovery Session, you can meet one on one with our Denver estate planning lawyer to discuss your situation and goals, as well as ask questions and get advice. This gives you the opportunity to decide if our Denver estate planning law firm is a good fit for you. If you choose to move forward with us after this meeting, we will take a deposit to schedule your next meeting.
At the McKenzie Law Firm, we are passionate about providing estate planning services and solutions that help our clients minimize losses and hardships while protecting what matters most. That’s why we are dedicated to putting our clients’ needs and objectives first—and why we always go above and beyond to deliver exceptional plans, recommendations, and services.
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