No matter in what phase you are in life — young or old — it is important to prepare for the unexpected. Just as a will explains what should be done with your property in the event of your death, an advance health care directive documents your end-of-life decisions. Through advance health care directives, or living wills, you can make your medical wishes and burial instructions known.
To ensure the validity of your advance health care directive, it is in your best interests to seek assistance from an estate planning lawyer. The San Jose law firm of Anastasi & Nielsen can provide the help you need. Our attorneys have a thorough knowledge of California laws, as well as extensive experience in drafting advance health care directives.
Designating An Agent To Carry Out Your Wishes
In addition to documenting your wishes, an advance health care directive can also designate a person to make medical decisions for you should you become incapacitated. This person, called an agent, will have the legal authority to act on your behalf for all medical decisions, such as authorizing medical procedures and allowing the use of life support, if you are unable to express them yourself. It is important to select the right person — someone you trust and who might also live geographically close to you.
We Can Provide The Guidance You Need
Our attorneys can guide you through the process of naming an agent, as well as helping with considerations for other aspects of your living will. We can also help with presenting your directive to your loved ones now, so they are better informed and less stressed in case of future events. Our goal is to help to create a document that accurately expresses your end-of-life wishes to your family and to medical professionals.
For assistance with advance health care directives in the Silicon Valley, call us at 408-294-9700 or send an email using our online form. We offer free initial consultations. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.