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The Importance of Health Care Directives: Ensuring Your Wishes Are Followed

Heritage Law Office is experienced in helping clients draft and execute health care directives. Our knowledgeable attorneys will ensure that your wishes are respected and followed in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Contact us either online or at 414-253-8500 to schedule a free consultation today.

Understanding Health Care Directives and Their Importance

A health care directive, also known as an advance directive, is a legal document that outlines your medical preferences and designates someone to make health care decisions on your behalf in case you become incapacitated.

The Benefits of a Health Care Directive

  • Ensures your medical preferences are followed
  • Reduces stress and anxiety for your loved ones
  • Provides a clear guide for health care providers

Key Components of a Health Care Directive

There are two main components of a health care directive: a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care.

Living Will

A living will states your preferences for medical treatment and interventions, such as:

  • Life-sustaining treatments
  • Pain management
  • Organ donation

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

A durable power of attorney for health care designates a trusted individual, known as a health care agent, to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

Tips for Creating an Effective Health Care Directive

Here are some tips to ensure that your health care directive is comprehensive and effective:

  1. Clearly state your medical preferences and values
  2. Choose a reliable health care agent
  3. Discuss your wishes with your health care agent and loved ones
  4. Review and update your health care directive periodically
  5. Ensure your health care directive is legally valid and enforceable

Seeking Legal Assistance for Health Care Directives

While it is possible to create a health care directive on your own, working with an experienced attorney can help ensure that your document is comprehensive, legally valid, and tailored to your specific needs.

Heritage Law Office: Your Trusted Partner in Drafting Health Care Directives

At Heritage Law Office, our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in assisting clients with drafting and executing health care directives. By working with us, you can have peace of mind knowing that your medical preferences will be respected and your loved ones will have clear guidance in the event of an emergency.

Contact a Health Care Directives Attorney at Heritage Law Office

To learn more about health care directives and how our experienced attorneys at Heritage Law Office can help you, contact us by using the online form or calling us directly at 414-253-8500.

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For a comprehensive plan that will meet your needs or the needs of a loved one, contact us today. Located in Downtown Milwaukee, we proudly provide legal advice to those in Milwaukee County and surrounding communities.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202
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