Advanced Healthcare Directives

When you are unable to communicate your medical wishes, a properly executed Advance Healthcare Directive provides guidance to – and empowers – your agent to make decisions on your behalf. With the introduction of the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA), a current Advance Healthcare Directive is required for healthcare providers to share information as to the nature and treatment of your health condition to your named agent.

Advance Healthcare Directives are only effective when the principal cannot communicate in any manner and a pressing medical decision needs to be made. Instead of requiring the filing of a Conservatorship of the Person in the Probate Division of the Superior Court, this simple document allows you to identify your preferred medical treatment as well as who will be legally empowered to see that your wishes are respected.

If you have any questions regarding Advance Healthcare Directives, we invite you to contact our office directly.

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