Being sick or incapacitated is not something the average person wants to think about. Unfortunately, being young and healthy is not a good reason to put off the task of making sure your healthcare legal documents are in order. While everyone hopes for a long and healthy life, you (regardless of your age or current health condition) should make sure you have taken the following critical steps to ensure your healthcare legal documents are in order.
1. Name someone as your Healthcare Power of Attorney. This legal document will grant the individual(s) you select with the authority to make healthcare decisions if you are unable to do so.
2. Make sure you have provided your healthcare agents and/or loved ones with a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) release. This release provides the individuals listed therein with access to your medical records so they can make informed healthcare decisions for you.
3. Make sure you review your Advanced Healthcare Directive regularly and update your decisions if anything changes. This document is very important because it will provide critical information for your Healthcare Power of Attorney regarding what types of medical procedures and/or treatments you want.
4. If you have minor children at home, make sure you have named short-term and long-term guardians in the event that you are unable to care for your children due to incapacity or long-term illness.
5. Review your documents with your friends and family so they are aware of your healthcare choices. It is important to do this while you are healthy and can explain your reasoning behind the choices you have made. This can also help to alleviate any tension between your family members, because they will have a clear understanding of your healthcare wishes.
Making sure your healthcare legal documents are in order does not have to be overwhelming. Investing the time necessary to do so, while you are healthy, will provide you and your loved ones peace of mind. The Abegaze Law Group, P.C. offers a FREE one-hour consultation to provide you with guidance on issues related to healthcare decisions, as well as comprehensive estate planning services. Call us at 866-606-4208 to set up your free consultation.