Advance Medical Directives

Charlottesville Advance Medical Directives Attorney

Helping Our Clients Protect Their Health & Future

Many associate estate planning with what happens to your interests after you pass away. However, some do not consider the consequences of failing to prepare for unexpected injuries or incapacitation. There is the possibility you could become debilitated as part of a sudden injury or naturally lose your ability to communicate as you grow older.

In either scenario, it is essential your loved ones and healthcare professionals understand your wishes. An advance medical directive can clearly state how you prefer to be treated should you become incapacitated.

Contact Norton Health Law, P.C. today for your free consultation.

The Importance of Advance Medical Directives

Advance medical directives establish your preferred course of action should you become unable to advocate for yourself in a medical emergency. Whether the consequences of dementia or an abrupt injury render you incapacitated, it is critical your family and medical team understand what action you wish to be taken.

Advance medical directives can state your desires regarding:

  • Pain relief and management
  • Use of antibiotics
  • Artificial hydration or feeding
  • Emergency use of ventilators
  • Vegetative comas
  • Dialysis
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders
  • End of life comfort
  • Organ donation

Our Charlottesville lawyer has substantial experience in the medical field. Our team can walk you through some of the potential situations you should plan for.

Living Will & Healthcare Powers Of Attorney

Drafting a living will and healthcare power of attorney for healthcare treatment are two advance directives you should include in your estate plan if you want to make sure your crucial affairs are properly handled if you become incapacitated.

We can advise you on the following legal options:

  • Health Care Agent: This is a person you trust will follow through on your wishes regarding what type of medical treatment you would want if you are seriously injured or ill and unable to communicate your wishes.
  • Authority of Agent: This gives the person you designate the legal authority to make specific health care decisions that align with your wishes and the instructions you have specified for your preferred treatment.
  • Health Care Directions: Our legal team can help you draft clear directions that specify the exact types of medical treatment you would like for certain scenarios. We can also specify in which situations you wouldn’t want to receive certain medical treatment.

We Are Here to Walk You Through the Legal Process

We understand that it can be uncomfortable thinking about situations in which you may become incapacitated and might require lifesaving medical treatments. That is why we are here to provide efficient and compassionate counsel to help draft comprehensive advance directives for your estate plan.

Our goal is to make sure our clients feel confident knowing that their wishes will be respected when they can’t speak for themselves. We are prepared to get to work for you today.

To set up a free case consultation with an advance medical directives lawyer at Norton Health Law in Charlottesville, please call (434) 216-4020 to speak to one of our friendly legal professionals.

“Beth Norton is the best attorney for estate planning, elder and consumer health care law.”

- Fred J., RN, PhD, Senior Care Advisor
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