Advance Directives Articulate Your Healthcare Instructions
Trusts lawyers ensure the legal documentation of your healthcare wishes
Invictus Law, P.C. helps you put your wishes in writing regarding your healthcare decisions if you become unable to make those decisions for yourself. These wishes, along with the designation of a trusted person or persons, are clearly stated in an advance healthcare directive. We serve all communities in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, including Santa Ana and Irvine.
The advance healthcare directive is a durable power of attorney that authorizes someone you trust, known as the agent, to make decisions about your healthcare that are in alignment with your healthcare instructions and your personal care, such as where you live, the provision of your meals, hiring household employees, transportation, mail, recreation and entertainment.
Your agent can also make decisions on your behalf regarding an autopsy, organ donation, the disposition of your remains and the release of your records.
Choose your advance directive agent carefully
You have the right to name someone as your agent to make healthcare decisions for you if you become incapacitated. The agent could also make decisions for you right away, even if you are still able to make decisions for yourself.
It’s wise to name an alternate agent in case the first person you name is unable or unwilling to serve.
- Your agent cannot be any of the following:
- An operator or employee of a care center where you are receiving care
- The doctor managing your care
- An employee of the healthcare institution where you are receiving care, unless that person is related to you or is a coworker
You should feel comfortable with the names of the people you designate as your agent and alternate agent. You would want them to always have your best interests as their priority and to make the kinds of decisions you would make for yourself.
Unless you limit authority, your agent has the right over a wide variety of healthcare decisions
You can choose to restrict the authority you give your agent. Without a limitation, your agent has the right to make decisions about:
- Consent or refuse consent to any care, treatment, services or procedures
- Select or discharge doctors and healthcare institutions
- Consent or refuse consent to diagnostic tests, procedures and medications
- Consent or refuse consent for providing, withholding or withdrawal of artificial feeding and fluids, including CPR
Our trusts lawyers can help you understand what the advance directive decisions are about and ensure that the proper forms are completed and legally valid.
An advance directive also includes instructions for healthcare
An advance healthcare directive can give you control over the healthcare you want when you are unable to voice your own wishes. Even without a power of attorney, you can provide a specific set of instructions regarding your healthcare, including providing, withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. You can also dictate whether you want to donate your organs and tissues after you pass on, and you can name a doctor to take primary responsibility for your medical care.
Take charge of your healthcare through an advance directive
At Invictus Law, P.C., we regularly advise clients on advance health directives that allow them to articulate their healthcare instructions and grant a power of attorney to make decisions on their behalf if they become unable to do so for themselves. Make an advance directive an integral part of your estate plan. Call us at (949) 287-5711 or contact us online to arrange for your free initial consultation. We offer flexible appointment hours at our offices in Santa Ana and Ontario, California.