A power of attorney for healthcare allows you to appoint someone you trust (your agent), to make important health care decisions for you if you can’t make them yourself. The power of attorney for healthcare has no effect as long as you can make your own wishes known. A power of attorney for healthcare may give your agent the right to chose or fire care providers, refuse or consent to treatment on your behalf, the right to look at your medical records, and even control your funeral and donate body parts. If you don’t have a healthcare power of attorney, your medical decisions may be made by someone who doesn’t even know you. Most people want someone they know and trust to make these very personal decisions. Without a healthcare power of attorney, you may be forced into a proceeding called a conservatorship. A conservatorship is an expensive and time consuming court case where a judge appoints someone to make decisions for you.
A healthcare power of attorney gives an agent a lot of power over your life”. Before you have a healthcare power of attorney made, it would be in your best interest to contact a reputable attorney who practices in this area. If you would like help with this issue or an part of your estate planning please contact my office for an appointment by calling (858)792-5988. I would be happy to speak with you about this issue.