This is the next post in our series in the importance of estate planning for Atlanta, Georgia residents. Our last article discussed why a Trust should be created at the same time as your last will and testament. One can give themselves greater flexibility, in regards to how their estate will be administered, by creating a Trust. To ensure that all aspects of your estate plan are set up properly it is suggested that you retain an attorney to assist you. Our lawyers help people throughout the area with preparing for the future. In this article we will discuss the importance of having a Medical Power of Attorney.
A Medical Power of Attorney allows for someone to be designated as the person who will make medical decisions in the event that you are incapacitated. Such decisions can include whether or not to administer certain care, etc. This allows someone to rest assured that decisions regarding their health will be made by a person they trust. If, for example, you were to slip into a coma and the hospital wished to try a particular type of treatment then the person designated as the decision maker would decide whether the medical staff may proceed. The designated decision maker would not be required to gain the approval of any other persons or family members when making this decision.
A key benefit of this type of arrangement is that it allows the wishes of a person to be protected while preventing infighting amongst family members. It is understandable that loved ones may make medical decisions that you would otherwise disagree with in an effort to save your life. By designating someone that you trust to uphold your wishes you help to ensure that you are cared for in a way that you would see fit. Such an arrangement also helps to prevent the type of disagreements which can arise when one group of family members wishes to proceed with treatment while another group does not. The last thing anyone would want is for their health to become a source of tension between their loved ones. By making the proper arrangements you help to ensure that this does not happen.
A Medical Power of Attorney can be drafted in a way which limits its scope and effect. When creating the document one can specify, for example, whether it applies to any period of incapacitation, if it only applies to while one is sedated during an upcoming surgery, or anything in between. The document can also limit the extent to which one can make decisions on your behalf. Consulting with counsel can help you understand the options which may best fit your goals.
Contact our office today to speak with an Atlanta estate planning lawyer. Our firm will help you to determine the best course of action when preparing a Medical Power of Attorney. We also service areas including Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond. We also assist those elsewhere in the state of Georgia and throughout the United States.