McLeod Law Firm recommends that everyone complete a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care. If you become ill and cannot speak for yourself, the Advance Directive will be followed in deciding important decisions concerning your medical care. This can relieve your family of the responsibility in the event that you suffer an incapacitating illness or injury.
What is the Advance Directive for Health Care?
The Advance Directive addresses such issues as the appointment of a health care agent to make decisions surrounding your care such as artificially prolonging life, allowing medication, hydration, and nutrition, or allowing natural death to occur. The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare also allows you to state your preference of the person who will be your guardian if approved by the court in a guardianship proceeding.
Completing the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care
The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care contains three parts:
Part One – Health Care Agent: Completion of this first section allows you to choose someone to make your health care decisions if you can’t (or don’t want to) make them for yourself. You can also instruct your health care agent to manage affairs for you after your death, including those related to your autopsy, organ donation, body donation, and disposition of your remains. You may choose when your health care agent’s power goes into effect or it may occur when your doctor determines you are unable to make health care decisions on your own.
Part Two –Treatment Preferences: In this section, you can state your preferred treatments in the event that you are unable to communicate your preferences, and your doctor and one other physician conclude that you either have a terminal condition or permanently unconsciousness. If you have a health care agent named in Part One, he or she can make all decisions regarding your care and treatment while following the preferences you list here.
Part Three – Guardianship: By filling out this part, you can name someone to be your guardian should you ever become incapacitated.
At McLeod Law Firm, we can guide you through the process of setting up an Advance Directive for Health Care and answer any questions you may have about estate planning in Georgia.
Contact an advance health care directive lawyer in Gainesville
Throughout North Georgia, McLeod Law Firm has a reputation for delivering top-tier legal service to estate planning clients. Whether you need assistance drafting a will, or setting up a power of attorney, we are here to provide you with experienced guidance. Call (770) 536-0202 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.