On March 31, 2015

Resuming 5 Main Types of Advance Medical Directives: An Overview (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out the various options for these types of estate planning tools.

More Forms of Advance Medical Directives

3 – Durable Medical Powers of Attorney

Durable medical powers of attorney can be effective advance medical directives. Here’s why. Contact us for help with all of your estate planning needs.

Durable medical powers of attorney can be effective advance medical directives. Here’s why. Contact us for help with all of your estate planning needs.

With medical powers of attorney as advance medical directives, people can name an “Agent” who will have the authority to make health care decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so. When medical powers of attorney are put in place, these can:

  • Empower agents to oversee people’s healthcare in a broader range of situations (in other words, not just when people are terminally ill and/or are in comas)
  • Provide agents with access to people’s medical records ahead of time so that agents can work with medical professionals to understand medical conditions and/or determine when people have become incapacitated
  • Be as powerful or limited as people prefer – This means that, while medical powers of attorney can be far-reaching, they can also limit agents to only making certain health care decisions.

4 – Disposition of Last Remains Declarations

In particular, this type of advance medical directive details how people want to be laid to rest after passing away. While these declarations can specify whether people prefer cremation, entombment or formal burials, they can also detail people’s wishes regarding funeral ceremonies.

With these declarations as advance medical directives:

  • They can be included in other estate planning documents, such as living wills.
  • They must be signed and dated by the people who develop them in order to be considered valid.
  • If they are not in place when people pass away, anyone who ponies up funeral/burial expenses for decedents will have the right to make decisions regarding how these people are put to rest.

Be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some more essential info about advance medical directives.

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