A medical durable power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the authority to make important healthcare decisions. This is if you ever become physically or mentally incapable of doing so on your own. Without a durable medical power of attorney your loved ones may have to go to court. They have to prove that they have the authority to make healthcare choices for you. Nothing is more distressing than the court process for situations in which loved ones do not know what you wanted. Or even what healthcare choices you want them to make when you have become mentally or physically incapacitated.
To clearly lay out your wishes in such cases so that your loved one (or someone else) can effectively act on your behalf, it’s crucial to set up a durable medical power of attorney. Because you never know what tomorrow will bring, it’s never too early to set up these directives. Therefore, do not put off meeting with a Denver medical durable power of attorney lawyer at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd. to discuss your options and get professional assistance. Call us for more information at (303) 713-9147.
How Does Durable Medical Powers of Attorney Work?
Also referred to as a durable power of attorney for health care, a medical durable power of attorney is a healthcare directive that essentially outlines a person’s wishes for his health care so they can be carried out when he is unable to articulate these wishes himself. In these directives, a person will choose someone who will have this power of attorney. The person who is appointed to this power of attorney is often called the agent. An individual can be the attorney-in-fact or the health care proxy.
When Does a Medical Power of Attorney Work?
In the event that a person becomes ill or injured to the point where he is unable to communicate his healthcare wishes to his doctors, the agent with the durable medical power of attorney for the ailing person will assume the power to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the ailing person.
Some of the types of healthcare decisions that may be made based on the terms of the medical durable power of attorney can include :
Types of interventions that can (or should not) be administered is to try to restore a person’s health
How a person is fed
Breathing and life-support assistance
Palliative care (such as treatment for pain or possible discomfort)
Whether a person wants to participate in medical research related to his condition
It is important that the agent for an individual has to comply with the terms of the medical power of attorney. Regardless of what the agent may want, he must make decisions for the person has directed in healthcare directive.
Denver Medical Durable Power of Attorney at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd.
When you are ready to set up a medical durable power of attorney, you can turn to the best Denver estate planning lawyers at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd. We provide a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to our clients’ estate planning needs, elder law, and we are committed to helping each of our clients and their families find the best solutions for them.
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To learn more, schedule an initial consultation with a Denver durable medical power of attorney. To set up this meeting, call us at (303) 713-9147 or email us using our convenient online contact form.
From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Centennial, Wheat Ridge, Golden and Arvada.