Health Care Proxy and Living Wills
Most commonly in the form of a living will but can include a power of attorney, an advanced healthcare directive is created to detail the actions that are to be taken in the event of the incapacitation or death of the person the document is made on the behalf of.
First created because at least a third of US deaths occur in a healthcare facility, it has shown that the advance of medicine has allowed us to unnecessarily prolong life, creating an expensive, emotionally trying experience for the loved ones and a painful experience for the incapacitated. However, without the permission from the incapacitated (permission that would be impossible to receive) to stop life support, these situations would happen repeatedly, extending life unnaturally long.
With the development of advanced healthcare directives, loved ones are now able to make these important decisions for the incapacitated, or allows you to dictate your wishes when you are physically incapable of doing so.
This is a difficult subject for many, and it should not be handled alone. See how you can entrust the decision to a loved one or learn more about detailing your wishes at Sutton Sachs Meyer, and get the understanding care you need. Contact our law firm today for your free consultation and find out your options now.