Powers of Attorney for Health Care

The majority of people who meet with an estate planning attorney focus on the question: “What happens if I die?” However, it is also important to ask: “What happens if I am alive, but cannot make decisions for myself?”

In answering the second question, it is important to consider this in the context of your health care. Under Illinois law, if you have not executed advance care directives, that question is answered for you.  And is often the case, leaving the decision to the legislature generally leads to a poor result.

Health care surrogates, that is, the person entitled to take control and make decisions for another, are dictated based on their kinship. For example, children of an aging parent, where no spouse exists, are grouped together. By executing health care directives, you can take control over your health care and ensure the person you want to carry out your wishes is legally authorized to do so.

Health care planning utilizes three main documents:

  1. Power of Attorney for Health Care
  2. Living Will or Advance Care Directive
  3. HIPAA Authorization

Additional documentation may also be advisable. If you have not made decisions about your health care choices, or have not put those decisions in writing, contact an attorney today.

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Should you have any questions about health care planning or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC at (847)253-8800 or contact us online.


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