Designating a health care surrogate is a vital component of estate planning, allowing you to entrust someone with the power to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. At Aguila Law, we offer our experience in establishing a Health Care Surrogate as part of your comprehensive estate plan.
Understanding Health Care Surrogate
A health care surrogate, also known as a health care proxy, is a person you appoint to make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated and unable to make such decisions for yourself. This extends to any situation where you are unable to provide consent or refusal regarding your medical care.
The Importance of a Health Care Surrogate
Without a Health Care Surrogate, doctors and courts may need to make critical health decisions on your behalf. By designating a health care surrogate, you ensure these decisions are made by someone who understands your values, beliefs, and wishes.
Choosing Your Health Care Surrogate
Selecting a health care surrogate requires careful consideration. This person should be someone you trust, who knows you well, and is willing and able to make potentially difficult decisions. We provide guidance to help you choose a suitable health care surrogate.
The Role of a Health Care Surrogate
A health care surrogate may need to interpret your wishes in varying medical scenarios, communicate with your healthcare providers, access your medical records, and make decisions about your medical treatment. We help your surrogate understand their role and responsibilities.
Drafting a Health Care Surrogate Designation
Creating a Health Care Surrogate designation involves legal documentation that complies with state laws. We assist you in crafting a comprehensive and legally sound designation to ensure your healthcare wishes are respected.
Integrating Health Care Surrogate into Your Estate Plan
Your Health Care Surrogate designation is an integral part of your broader estate plan. We work with you to seamlessly integrate this element with your other estate planning documents.
Updating Your Health Care Surrogate Designation
Your Health Care Surrogate designation may need to be updated due to changes in your relationship with your surrogate or your medical preferences. We provide ongoing support for reviewing and updating your designation as needed.
At Aguila Law, we value your right to make decisions about your health care. Contact us today at (305) 967-8554 to discuss designating a health care surrogate. We’re committed to providing you the guidance and support you need every step of the way.
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