Creating An Advanced Medical Directive To Advocate For You
Tragic accidents and illnesses happen every day. Some health concerns are genetic, and you may be able to prevent their more serious effects for many years. Some, however, happen in an instant and change your family’s life forever.
From a brain aneurysm to a car accident, make sure your health care wishes are known long before disaster strikes. The attorney at The Mack Law Firm, P.C., can sit down with you to discuss how you can advocate for yourself long before you lose that ability. Together, we will review your concerns to create a personalized plan that will give you and your family peace of mind. You don’t have to be alone throughout this process; our compassionate attorney will be with you every step of the way.
Different Directives For Different Situations
In Virginia, there are two distinct types of advanced medical directives. The first, called power of attorney, gives another person the power to make health care decisions if you aren’t able to make those decisions for yourself. There are many reasons that a person may suddenly be unable to make these decisions, such as injuries that prevent communication or even a psychological condition that inhibits coherent thoughts.
The second type of medical directive is a living will, which is a document that specifies your wishes regarding life-prolonging treatment in the face of a terminal condition. For example, if you were in a coma and your loved ones had to decide whether they should keep you on life support indefinitely, your living will could specify your desires in this situation.
For most people, it’s best to have both a living will and power of attorney prepared before they’re faced with a life-threatening situation. Ideally, they will have also created a plan for the distribution of their assets. This will ensure they are able to advocate for themselves, even if they aren’t in a position to physically do so.
Call Today To Prepare Your Plan
Make sure your wishes are known before tragedy strikes. An advanced medical directive can help you feel better about the future, no matter what it brings. Call our firm today for reliable and compassionate guidance at 540-443-9255 or send us an email to set up a consultation.