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Why you need a health care proxy

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2021 | Estate Planning

Many Massachusetts residents suffer incapacitation at some point in life, whether through age, illness or accident. When that happens, they are not in a position to make medical decisions for themselves, so the courts may need to decide what medical treatments they receive moving forward. No one wants that, and there is a way to prevent that from happening by creating a health care proxy.

A health care proxy is…

A health care proxy is a legal document in which a person designates an agent to be responsible for making medical treatment decisions for the individual when he or she is no longer in a position to do it. This agent can be any adult such as a parent, sibling, spouse, friend or child who has reached legal age. Whomever one chooses, it should be someone one trusts and who has the individual’s best interests in mind.

Dont forget advance directives

Along with naming a health care proxy, having advance directives in place is also wise. Advance directives are ones wishes for medical treatment laid out in a legal document. It is guidance for a persons health care proxy and medical team, so they only provide the care that individual wants and nothing more.

All part of a comprehensive estate plan

Having a health care proxy and advance directives prepared are all part of a comprehensive estate plan. Without either of these legal documents, Massachusetts residents lose their say in what happens to them when they are at their most vulnerable. Those who want to ensure they, their loved ones and their assets are protected in every way in the event of their incapacitation or death can speak to an experienced attorney to have these items prepared along with other estate planning documents.