If you think telling your spouse how you want medical decisions to be handled when you are incapacitated is sufficient, you’d better think again.
By creating a living will and appointing a health-care surrogate, you can be assured that your wishes will be carried out. Doctors will know what measures to take, and your family will be reassured that this truly is what you want.
Under new federal privacy laws, appointing a health care surrogate is even more important. Doctors do not have to provide your family with vital medical information unless you have given them the right to do so. This is increasingly a problem for parents of college-age children who cannot get medical information about their sick or injured children.
Our firm advises all adults to appoint a health-care surrogate. We can help prepare surrogate documents, as well as living wills, that will meet your desires.