Estate Planning / Health Care Directive & Power of Attorney

Health Care Directives

A health care directive is another term for a living will or power of attorney. Having these documents in place in the event of a life-threatening accident or illness will protect the wishes of the individual that is incapacitated and assists the family or loves ones at a difficult time.

The agent assigned in the directive is legally required to follow the wishes and implement treatment preferences to the extent of their knowledge to include life-sustaining treatment, organ donation, funeral arrangements and access to medical information. When a living will is combined with a durable power of attorney in one form, it’s termed an advance health care directive.

The Law Offices of Patricia M. Scoles acknowledges that these decisions are often very difficult. With the care and compassion that only a small locally-owned and operated law practice can provide, Ms. Scoles ensures that every client going through hard times will come away with peace of mind.

Durable Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney deals with assets of someone that has become incapacitated; designating an individual, spouse, close relative or companion to make decisions on your behalf. Having a durable power of attorney in place will prevent court proceedings that would assign a person to gain the authority.

Two types of power of attorney should be included in your complete estate planning process: financial and medical. A durable financial power of attorney designates someone to manage your finances that encompass banking, monthly bills, mortgage/rent payments, insurance, taxes, government benefits, investments and property management. A durable medical power of attorney is signed while the individual is competent; designating a person termed an “agent” to make health care decisions should the principle become incapacitated and unable to make those decisions. The agent may make the decisions once the attending physician certified incompetency in writing or you can choose to make it effective immediately. Patricia Scoles will guide you toward the right decision for your individual situation.

The Law Offices of Patricia M. Scoles assists clients in the critical decision-making process with regard to the most appropriate person that should carry the responsibility of this authority.