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What Are Advance Directives?

Some decisions are best not left until the end of life. One of these is to put safeguards in place regarding medical treatments you wish to receive or not receive in the event of serious injury or illness. Advance healthcare directives are the best way to make sure that your health care wishes are known and considered if for any reason you are unable to speak for yourself.

At Holstrom, Block & Parke, we draft advance healthcare directives for families and individuals in Southern California. These legal instruments, along with the durable power of attorney, are essential parts of any good estate plan; they are also very affordable. In other words, there is no good reason not to have them.

For a free phone consultation — call any of our three Southern California office locations directly or schedule an appointment by contacting us online.

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California law allows you to do either, or both, of the following:

  • Appoint an Attorney-in-Fact – If you are unable to make your own health care decisions, then the person you have appointed as you attorney-in-fact will be your health care agent and have the legal authority to make your medical care decisions.
  • Fill Out an Advance Health Care Directive Form – This allows you to write down, in detail, your healthcare wishes. For example, if you are terminally ill and do not wish to receive treatments that will prolong the dying process, you can create an advance directive, and your appointed agent and doctor would be legally obligated to follow your instructions.

To learn more about advance directives or about any of the other estate planning services our lawyers provide — call any one of our office locations directly or contact us online.

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