While wills and trusts and certain powers of attorney define financial and asset wishes, a health care directive establishes how your health care wishes and requirements will be carried out in the event of your incapacitation or inability to communicate them. A health care directive legally defines your choices regarding medical care/treatment in the event of incapacitation. It is often combined with a durable power of attorney for health care and is unrelated to your finances. These documents legally define your wishes and give a person (attorney in fact) the power to work on your behalf to:
- Refuse or withdraw consent methods of artificially supplied nutrition, hydration and breathing
- Make required health care arrangements
- Maintain health care personnel
- Request, receive and review medical records
- Take legal action to enforce your wishes
- Carry out wishes concerning autopsy, organ donation and other decisions regarding your body
These are immensely personal decisions and it is critical that they are documented completely to reflect your wishes.
Medical Care Directive Attorney Serving St. Charles and Nearby
Our lawyers at The Lake Law Firm have a deep understanding of these issues, having worked with them for more than five combined decades. We are committed to understanding your personal wishes and documenting them so that they are clear and will be honored so that family and loved ones will not be pressured to make difficult decisions on your behalf.
To discuss any Missouri health care directive issue in an initial consultation with one of our St. Louis health care directives attorneys, call 314-863-0077 or e-mail the firm.