3 Frequently Asked Questions About Advance Healthcare Directives in CA
An important part of estate planning is executing an advance healthcare directive (AHCD). We’re about to address the three most frequently asked questions about ACHDs so you can make informed decisions.
Q: What Is an Advanced Healthcare Directive?
A: An ACHD allows you to make your healthcare wishes known in advance. You can appoint a power of attorney for healthcare so that someone can make decisions for you should you become incapacitated. You can also leave explicit instructions so your POA doesn’t have to guess at your wishes.
Q: Why Is an AHCD an Important Part of My Estate Plan?
A: Unexpected accidents or illnesses can befall anyone. Even if you are in good health, now is the time to outline your medical care wishes so that family members aren’t stuck making tough decisions for you during an emergency situation.
Q: What Instructions Can My AHCD Include?
A: Be sure to include information about end of life decisions like whether or not you want to be resuscitated or kept alive on machines. You can also include information about organ donations. If you suffer from a chronic ailment, you can talk to your physician about specific treatments and make decisions ahead of time. You can also include any medical treatments you absolutely reject under any circumstances.
Providing California Residents with a Legally Sound AHCD
T.Burd Law Group offers a comprehensive estate planning package that includes vital elements such as a legally executed advance healthcare directive. To learn more, give us a call today at 858-215-2873, or use our online contact form.