A living will is a legal document that details how you prefer to receive medical treatment when you can no longer make decisions for yourself. This guide highlights the benefits of a living will and why you should encourage loved ones to create one. A living will is a legal document that outlines your preferences for medical care if you become incapacitated. It is different from a last will and testament, which details how you want to distribute your assets. People often think writing a living will can wait until sickness or old age. But unexpected injury or disease can strike at any time.
A medical power of attorney allows a person to handle someone else’s health care decisions only in the chance that he or she may not be able to think for themselves. The representative may not choose any ‘end of life’ decisions unless the Principal specifically writes in that he or she would like that as an option. If the Principal is consciously able to think for themselves then the representative has no say in their treatment.
A Mental Health Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a selected individual or entity permission to make mental healthcare decisions for you, such as admitting you into a facility and refusing or accepting certain treatments.
The individual granting control is known as the "principal," and the people or entities receiving powers are known as the "agents." Designed for all U.S. residents, Mental Health Power of Attorney forms can be fully customized for your specific scenario. As a result of this official document, your agent can provide confirmation to healthcare providers and other parties that they can legally act in your interest when you are not able.
A. What I Ask You to Do For Me
B. Why I Named an Alternate Representative
C. Your Responsibilities as My Representative
D. What Else You Should Do
The Prehospital Medical Care Directive, or Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form, informs emergency personnel outside of a hospital setting that if you stop breathing or your heart stops beating, they are not to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), nor use equipment, drugs or devices to restart your heart or breathing.
If you or a family member do not have these documents in order, simply call us to schedule an appointement at our office whether you are a patient or not. We will either send you the documents to fill out or walk through them with you at our office. We will have them notorized on site and sent (priority) to the office of the Attorney General of Arizona for filing.
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