What to Know About Advance Healthcare Directives in California

While there are several different types of documents involved in the creation of an estate plan, it is important to note that an advance healthcare directive is one of the most important. Our firm recognizes that this is a dreadful process to go through, however, we will stand by you each step of the way and ensure that you and your future are always protected. Reach out to our firm today to learn more and speak with one of our experienced California estate planning attorneys to discuss the specifics of your case.

What are advance healthcare directives in California?

Advance health care directives permit an individual to establish guidelines for how one may want their health care to be managed when he or she is injured, ill, or lacks the physical or mental capacity to communicate his or her wishes. This document also allows a person to appoint a trusted loved one to handle these decisions if the moment presents itself. Advance health care directives, which are also known as living wills, health care proxy, designation of the surrogate, and a power of attorney for health care are connected with advising others on how your end-of-life care should be administered in the event that you cannot make those decisions on your own.

If you have questions about this document, it is in your best interest to reach out to our skilled California estate planning attorneys today to learn more about this and how we can help you.

What can be included in an advance healthcare directive?

It is also important that this document can encompass an abundance of other choices. An individual can address the following in their document:

  • Communicate your wishes to receive or not receive life-saving care
  • Ensure decisions are made in accordance with your beliefs, principles, or religious practices
  • Provide authority for loved ones to obtain medical records in emergency situations
  • Set the standard for determining your incapacity
  • Indicate whether the document is effective immediately or upon a finding of incapacity
  • Address other health care wishes

Our firm recognizes that creating an advance healthcare directive is personal, and requires care and attention. If you would like to begin creating your own, do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team. The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman has over 35 years of experience in this field and we are prepared to support you.

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Working with an experienced estate planning attorney, such as Jaci Feldman of the Woodland Hills, California, Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman, will ensure that you are taken care of when you need it most. Do not delay. Estate planning is a more urgent matter than you may think. You never know what the future holds. Contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman to schedule a consultation today.

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