Helping California Clients Establish Thorough Advance Health Care Directives
In California, there are two documents that combine to create an advance health care directive:
The first is a durable power of attorney for health care. This document identifies the person you have chosen to make health care decisions for you in the event that you become incapacitated or, for any reason, are unable to make decisions for yourself. These people are sometimes called upon to make difficult — even life-or-death — decisions, and it is important that you choose someone you trust to carry out your wishes.
The second document is a living will. The living will fully outlines your wishes with regard to how you want your medical care handled in specific situations. If you are in an accident that leaves you brain-dead, for example, you could provide instructions regarding the life-saving measures that should and should not be taken on your behalf. It is the responsibility of the person named on your power of attorney for health care to carry out the instructions in your living will.
The Importance Of HIPAA Compliant Releases
The confidentiality of patient’s medical information is taken very seriously under HIPAA and California law. Health care professionals, providers, insurance companies and others can face severe penalties if they release medical information without proper authorization. So much so, that it has become increasingly difficult for people with valid powers of attorney to get the answers they need to make informed decisions regarding the patient’s health care wishes.
The only way to avoid these situations is to include the proper release language in your living will. It is essential to use correct and inclusive terminology in these documents in order to make access to your medical information as easy as possible for your representative. In many cases, the assistance of a qualified California estate planning lawyer can be invaluable.
An Experienced Attorney Providing Comprehensive Advance Health Care Directives
At the Law Office of Melissa A. Proudian, A Professional Law Corporation, we represent clients throughout the Central Valley in all aspects of advance health care directives. The importance of these documents cannot be overemphasized, and we take our responsibility to you in these matters extremely seriously. We do more than simply complete your forms. We make sure you understand each segment and the potential circumstances that could arise. We provide you with a complete, clear and compliant document that does everything possible to ensure that your wishes are respected.
Contact Our Fresno Office To Discuss Your Health Care Directive Questions
We invite you to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your advance health care directive needs in more detail. You can reach us by phone at 559-554-1455 or contact us via email to arrange an appointment.