Advance Health Care Directives

Health Care Advance Directives include Living Wills and Health Care Surrogate Designations.

Health Care Surrogate Designation:

This acts like a power of attorney but for your medical decision making (and only if you can’t make decisions for your self).  The Health Care Surrogate steps into your shoes to make important, and sometimes, not so important health care decisions in the event you no longer have the capacity to give informed consent for medical treatment.  This document is also sometimes referred to as a Medical Power of Attorney.

Living Will:

The Living Will sets out your wishes for the type of medical interventions you want and those you don’t want in the event you are nearing the end of your life.  The most well know of these types of interventions include artificial hydration and nutrition.  The Living Will is not the same thing as a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate Order).  You can read the story I covered here about DNR’s.

During your individualized Estate Planning Consultation, we’ll review your unique situation and provide individualized options for you.  We will also provide you with valuable tips for how you can avoid common planning pitfalls and try to organize your estate to avoid probate.  For this individualized advice and review of your current estate, we charge a fee that is paid at the time of the appointment and is based on the complexity of your estate and the advice to be given.  This fee typically ranges between $150 for simple estate planning up to $275 for more complex, high net-worth, taxable estates, or for Long-term care planning.

Clients are sometimes weary of initial consultation fees and we understand that.  We have found that attorneys who charge for the initial time spent in reviewing your unique situation, finances and values can avoid the appearance of trying to “sell” any documents or legal work that may not be needed while at the same time providing value to you in that initial consultation.

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