Advanced Directives

Advanced directives are essential if you've been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. An advanced healthcare directive will let your family, friends, and physician know your health care wishes. The directive can include types of treatment you want or don't want when your end of life is approaching. The directive will list any treatment such as tests, diagnostics, surgical procedures, organ donation, or specifics on a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order. When you have outlined your options early, it helps your family respect your wishes and make easy decisions when the time arrives. Attorney Racheal Adkins has helped many El Paso, Texas individuals with their advanced directives.

Why is an advanced directive necessary?

• Allows your loved ones to respect your wishes
• Gives direction to healthcare providers
• It does not leave your loved ones having to make difficult decisions for you.

An advanced directive should be made along with any other estate planning documents such as a power of attorney and should be included in both a living will and a durable power of attorney listing your healthcare wishes. Having all of these documents ready ensures that the person you appoint to make your healthcare decisions knows exactly what you want to be done according to your wishes and can act on your behalf.

A well-written advance directive will prevent someone from going against your wishes when you would rather pass away. Having your plan ready will also prevent your family from having disagreements or not knowing what to do if you ever face a traumatic injury or illness. If you would like to get started or make changes on an advanced directive or have any questions about the process, contact The Law Office of Racheal L. Adkins today.

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