As you are figuring out how to put your estate planning wishes into documents, you’ll also want to consider who will make your medical decisions. The healthcare power of attorney is one of the most critical choices when deciding how you wish you health care decisions handled. A power of attorney for health care designates the person who will make medical decisions for you in an emergency. You should make this as detailed as possible; the person in charge of making your healthcare decisions can never contradict the terms of your health care declaration.
This power of attorney appoints an agent and empowers that person to make important decisions about your medical treatment if you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make such decisions. The HCPOA that our firm drafts typically includes a Living Will. A Living Will instructs your doctor regarding your wishes about extending your life or, in the alternative, withholding extraordinary measures and/or artificial nutrition and hydration when you are terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state.
Health care powers of attorney require careful deliberation because they should clearly express your desires, while also obeying the procedural requirements of North Carolina. Let Landon A Dunn, Attorney at Law help you!
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