Determining who will make your health care decisions upon your incapacity is a tough decision and should not be made lightly.
Many clients choose family members – often a spouse, if married, or an adult child. Family members can be a great option. They know and love you and, ideally, know your preferences for things such as end of life decisions. Before you name a family member as your health care agent, talk to them. Make sure the person you list as your decision maker is willing and able to take on this responsibility. Be sure your agent is willing to fulfill your end of life decisions. Not all family members feel comfortable with this role.
Once you have decided on your agent (and your agent has agreed to serve in this capacity), provide them with a copy of the documents naming them as your agent. These should include a Health Care Power of Attorney, Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will and HIPAA release. First, the agent will need these documents to prove they are the one to make your decisions in the event of incapacity. Second, it will allow you and your agent to discuss your preferences on health care decisions.
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