Tampa Healthcare Directives Attorney
Let’s face it, no one is immortal. We don’t really wants to think about the possibility of getting old, contracting a terminal illness, and dying. From a practical standpoint, however, dealing and coming to terms with one’s own mortality and aging process is not only realistic, but advisable not only for you but for the ones you love. A Tampa Attorney who specializes in Healthcare Directives can ensure that certain actions you want taken for your healthcare get carried out in the event that you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.
A Health Care Directive is a document which will appoint a trusted person of your choice to make these decisions on your behalf. Health Care Directives are important because they provide a clear declaration of your wishes to prolong your life or to deny or remove life-sustaining treatment. You can choose to request relief from pain, even if doing so hastens death. And a standard Health Care Directive can also provide for any other wishes and directions you may have, including instructions about organ donation.
While most people would prefer to die in their own homes, terminally-ill patients often choose to die in the hospital, receiving ineffective treatments that they do not want or need. Family members can become entangled in unpleasant arguments about the best way to care for the patient. And the wishes of the dying person can be overlooked in all the confusion. This confusion can be eliminated with if you have a Tampa Health Care Directive set up properly by an attorney.
Discussing your wishes and putting them in writing before you near the end is essential so loved ones can honor your requests. Planning ahead with a Health Care Directive can give your family members peace of mind when the time comes to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. It lets everyone know what is important to you – and what is not.
This is where the importance of estate planning comes in; keeping a will, setting up trust funds, and arranging for the distribution of one’s assets after death – all are undoubtedly very important to the future of your property and your loved ones. It is also important, though, to remember that the task of estate planning is not something which affects only the distant future; nor is it a project which shows benefits only after death. In fact, one of the most important components of any complete plan deals with what happens while you are still alive.
Imagine, hypothetically, that you suffer a brain aneurysm and fall into a coma. The doctors tell your family that the chance of recovery is slim, and ask them to decide whether or not to continue your life support. Now your loved ones are in an incredibly difficult situation. They are confused, distraught, and unable to decide what you would have wanted. Bitter conflicts may arise and tear apart family members who were once close. Unfortunately these events take place every day.
Advance healthcare directives are documents and legal arrangements designed to prepare for the event of your incapacitation. If you are in an accident, contract a terminal illness, or are otherwise unable to communicate your wishes personally, they allow your loved ones to know for sure what your wishes are, saving them the agonizing task of making such a decision themselves. Two types of advance healthcare directives are:
– Living Will – a document which states your wishes in regard to certain life-prolonging treatments. If you are certified as incapacitated and terminally ill, a living will tells family members and doctors how to proceed.
– Healthcare Proxy – a type of power-of-attorney which appoints a representative, or proxy, to act on your behalf, should you become unable to do so yourself. By discussing potential situations with your proxy beforehand, you allow him or her to make decisions based on your wishes, even when you are incapacitated.
Suncoast Elder Law in Tampa can help you draw up an a Health Directive for you or a loved one. Contact us today.