If you’re considering including incapacity planning in your estate plan (and you definitely should be), it’s important that you understand the use of the different available legal documents. A comprehensive estate plan will allow you to have the best plan in place so that your needs are always met. Did you know…? An advance health care directive is a document that allows you to spell out your wishes regarding end of life treatments and procedures. Many people use their advance health … [Read more...] about Incapacity Planning: Medical Issues
In California, a “conservator of the person” is the individual who makes general welfare, health care, educational, and life-style decisions for an incapacitated adult. An adult may become incapacitated due to dementia, disease, or disorder. In some other states, this person is called a guardian. However, as noted below, in California, a guardian is the person appointed in connection with a minor (under 18) child. Examples of decisions would be where someone lives and what medical … [Read more...] about What is the difference between a “Conservator” and a “Guardian”?
The terms conservator and guardian vary in their usage from state to state. In California, they have specific and different meanings. Let's explore them. A “conservator of the person” is the individual who makes general welfare, health care, educational, and life-style decisions for an incapacitated adult. An adult may become incapacitated due to dementia, disease, or disorder. Examples of decisions would be where someone lives and what medical treatment he or she receives. In … [Read more...] about Differences Between a “Conservator” and a “Guardian”
Advance health care directives are the medical portion of a California estate plan. They typically include the designation of a health care agent, a statement of wishes concerning end of life care (commonly called a living will), instructions concerning organ donation and provisions for the disposition of remains. You can also add any other medical instructions you so desire. In other states, such documents are called durable powers of attorney for health care and directives to physicians, … [Read more...] about What is a California Advance Health Care Directives?
Though the names may be very similar, a living will and a living trust are not the same, nor do they serve the same purpose. A living trust is a type of trust that holds and manages your assets while you are still alive, then distributes those assets to your beneficiaries upon your death. A living will, on the other hand, is a term commonly used to describe a legal document that provides your instructions regarding the course of medical treatment you want followed if you become unable to … [Read more...] about Is a Living Will the Same as a Living Trust?
An Advance Health Care Directive is a legal device commonly used in incapacity planning that allows you to name a person to make medical decisions for you in case you should become disabled. You may have also heard this legal document referred to as a Medical Power of Attorney or a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. The person that you name to make medical decisions for you may be called your agent or advocate. Along with your medical decisions, the Directive also lets your health care … [Read more...] about Making Health Care Directives in California
Even though a lot of people realize that they need some kind of advance health care directive, commonly referred to as living will, they rarely get around to making one. According to survey figures, only about 20% of American adults have created some kind of advance directive. Yet when it comes to these important legal documents your doctor is more than three times as likely to have created one. Studies show that about 64% of physicians have some kind of medical directive. These legal documents … [Read more...] about You Don’t Have a Living Will, But Your Doctor Probably Does
Question 1: I’ve made an advance healthcare directive. Do I have to register it with the state? No. There is no legal requirement that you register or file any advance healthcare directive you might have made with a government office. Advance healthcare directives in California have to meet specific legal requirements, but registering them is not one of those. The California Secretary of State’s office does offer a voluntary registration service, but you are not obligated to use it. Question … [Read more...] about Do I Have to Register my Health Care Directive in California? 3 Questions
Question 1: What is the difference between an attorney at law and a power of attorney? An attorney at law is a person who is legally allowed to practice law, while a power of attorney is a legal document that any competent adult can create. Through a power of attorney you can select someone else, commonly referred to as an agent or attorney in fact, to have the legal authority to act on your behalf in a variety of capacities. If you hire an attorney at law, this person can represent your … [Read more...] about Attorneys at Law and Powers of Attorney – 3 Questions
Element 1: Health care power of attorney. A California Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is the California version of a document also known as a health care power of attorney, will let you choose someone who can be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf should you ever become unconscious or otherwise incapacitated. While you can choose whomever you wish, that person should always be a capable adult who can be easily reached by your health care providers in case of an … [Read more...] about California Advance Health Care Directive – 5 Important Elements