The power of attorney for health care is one of the most essential parts of a comprehensive estate plan. The power of attorney for health care specifies to your agent your directions for your health and medical care should you lose cognitive ability or become incapacitated and unable to communicate your health care desires. Without a power of attorney for health care, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") severely limits the disclosure of your protected medical information. A properly prepared power of attorney authorizes the medical care providers and all entities covered by HIPAA to readily provide and discuss your protected medical information with your family and/or friends whom you have designated in the power of attorney for health care. At the law firm of Boehm & Boehm, we are experienced in helping clients create an effective power of attorney for health care.
With a power of attorney for health care you can choose someone, family member or friend, you trust to carry out your instructions and intentions for health care and be able to make decisions on your behalf. It's important to choose your health care agent carefully and discuss your desires with that person to remove any confusion as to your intentions. This person will potentially be called upon to make some of the most difficult decisions of his or her lifetime
A properly prepared power of attorney for health care outlines your health care treatment preferences so that, should you become unable to make such decisions for yourself, you have a trusted family member or friend who will be able to make those decisions for you. In the power of attorney for health care you will outline your directions pertaining to what type of medical treatments and life-sustaining measures you want for yourself.
In the power of attorney you will name at least three possible persons (agents) you trust to make these health care decisions on your behalf.
Regardless of age, everyone should have a power of attorney for health care. Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. For those serious health care issues, the need is more important. Attorney Garrett L. Boehm is experienced in guiding clients through the process of crafting the power of attorney for health care. He will help you answer the important questions and make decisions that satisfy your peace of mind. He will lead you through this sometimes emotionally challenging process and help you ensure your desires are clearly and carefully communicated. The goal is to help you make these important decisions and to make the process as easy as possible.
If you are interested in creating a comprehensive estate plan, contact us to discuss your situation. We will answer your questions and help you plan for whatever the future may bring. We assist clients in Cook County, Lake County, McHenry County and throughout Northern Illinois.