Planning For Emergency Health Situations
What would happen if you were suddenly incapacitated and unable to make important decisions about your health or your finances? Who would handle your home, car or banking? How would your personal wishes be communicated to your doctors?
With doctors and medical professionals being restricted from sharing medical information with families due to HIPAA regulations, having a comprehensive estate plan in place has never been more important. Having documents such as a durable power of attorney and a designation of patient health care surrogates in place can ensure your wishes for your financial and business assets as well as your health care will be honored even if you are not able to communicate them yourself.
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At the law firm of L. Bruce Swiren, P.A., in Orlando, Florida, we provide our clients with personalized advice and services for all their estate planning needs. We can walk you through your options for creating a power of attorney or designation of patient advocate and provide you with peace of mind for your future.
These documents are essential for everyone regardless of age or status. A durable power of attorney will allow you to designate someone you trust to handle your financial and business affairs in the event you are incapacitated. Likewise, a health care directive or designation of patient advocate will provide someone with the power to make health decisions for you and obtain your medical information when you are unable to do so.
Once You Need It, It Will Likely Be Too Late
If you do not have a durable power of attorney, your loved ones would only be left with the option of pursuing a guardianship, which can be an immensely expensive process. Without a designation of patient surrogate, sometimes referred to as a power of attorney for health care, your loved ones could be left to agonize over life-altering or life-ending medical decisions without knowing how you want them to proceed.
To provide you and your loved ones with certainty in the event you are incapacitated, the time to act is now. Contact our Orlando power of attorney lawyers to schedule a free consultation.