Planning For Incapacity With Powers Of Attorney And Health Care Directives

Medical and financial decisions are some of the most personal decisions we face during our lifetimes. When these matters are out of our hands, however, we can still make use of legal mechanisms to ensure that the people helping us are people we trust.

The Law Offices of William S. Dunlevy draws on more than 40 years of experience advising people concerning estate planning and end-of-life issues. We draw on this experience regularly when providing legal opinions regarding powers of attorney and advance health care directives. These two legal tools are most used by our clients wishing to ensure that their decisions are honored should they become incapacitated and unable to make important personal decisions.

We also understand that the key to personalized legal services is listening to the client. We provide our clients with a listening ear and compassionate advice. We know that our clients are counting on us to provide them with carefully considered advice with respect to what may be their most difficult life-and-death decisions.

Financial Power Of Attorney

If you are not able to make financial decisions, your power of attorney will name a trusted person who can make those decisions for you. You may assume that a spouse or another family member could make decisions for you, but this is not the case. Without a power of attorney, your family may have to go through the time and expense of conservatorship proceeding.

Advance Health Care Directive

An advance health care directive includes a living will that outlines your wishes for end-of-life medical care such as feeding tubes if you are incapacitated. It also names a person who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself regarding your medical care.

For More Information About Planning For Incapacity

When your medical and financial decisions are out of your hands, you will want to ensure that the people making those decisions for you are people you trust. Consult a lawyer to help you create a well-crafted power of attorney and advance health care directive by calling 805-322-8644. You can also schedule your consultation online.