Health Care Proxies And Medical Authorizations
The importance of planning for unexpected medical situations is well-established. When a person becomes incapacitated or becomes legally unable to make important medical care decisions without a plan in place, he or she runs a significant chance of having wishes go unmet.
At Casey & Lundregan, P.C., our estate planning attorneys can advise you about the best way to make sure your desires are met regarding future medical care.
A Plan For Medical Emergencies
A health care proxy (sometimes called an advance medical directive) is an important legal document that provides instructions for future medical care decisions. It designates a particular person, called a health care agent, as legally authorized to make decisions on behalf of another. This person can make medical decisions only if you are mentally unfit to do so or are unable to communicate.
This document is different from a will or power of attorney in that it specifically covers health care decisions. In Massachusetts, a health care proxy is a necessity because similar instructions provided in a living will may not be legally recognized.
Massachusetts is blessed with some of the best medical facilities in the world and having a health care proxy in place in your time of need allows for the flexibility to receive medical care at one of the state’s world-class facilities. If you are concerned about ensuring that your medical care wishes are fulfilled, consider a health care proxy.
Comprehensive Planning Services
A HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) authorization is another important medically related legal document. This release allows another individual to obtain your medical records. This can be essential for those going into long-term care or those who simply wish to be prepared for a time when the decision-making of another will be required.
Plan ahead with an attorney from Casey & Lundregan, P.C. Contact our office in Salem for health care proxy information. Call 978-224-8893 to start working through your long-term health care plan with one of our experienced lawyers.