An “Advance Healthcare Directive” is a document that allows you to designate an individual to carry out important healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make such decisions. With an Advance Healthcare Directive, based on your directive, your physician, friends, family, and loved ones will be aware of your healthcare wishes concerning matters such as surgical procedures, life-sustaining treatment, and organ donation.
By creating an Advance Healthcare Directive early on, you can assure that your individual wishes and needs will be carried out in the unfortunate circumstance that you can no longer communicate them yourself. Additionally, Advance Healthcare Directives alleviate the need for a loved one to have to make critical decisions during a very emotional time.
The HIPAA Authorization gives your health care agents and successor trustees the ability to request medical records on your behalf. This important document is something not to be overlooked or forgotten in your estate plan.
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