Advance Medical Directive Tag

Do You Need to Amend Your Advance Medical Directive Due to the Coronavirus?

One of my clients recently asked an important question about advance medical directives and whether amending this important legal and medical document is warranted in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For context, my client has an advance medical directive stating that they do not want to be put on a ventilator. However, my client expressed a desire to be placed on a ventilator if they are infected with COVID-19. This prompted my client to ask – is it necessary to amend my advance medical directive in light of different treatment wishes for the Coronavirus? Answer: it is not necessary to amend an...

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Important Info You Need to Know About How Divorce Can Impact Your Estate Plan

Most people never expect to get divorced. They love their spouse and anticipate spending the rest of their lives in marital bliss. Unfortunately, the data indicates this is not the norm. In fact, in the United States, nearly half of all married couples wind up getting divorced, according to the American Psychological Association. This is why it is important to be prepared and have as much information at your disposal. Below is a general overview of how a divorce can impact your estate plan. How Divorce Can Impact Your Will When you get divorced, any items or funds that are directed to your...

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Skin in the Game – Should Doctors Comply with a “Do Not Resuscitate” Tattoo?

Many patients find it difficult to communicate their end-of-life wishes to family members and doctors at critical points of time, especially if you are confronted with a sudden or unexpected ailment. There are legal documents designed to help address this important issue. For example, your estate planning attorney can draft an advance directive that tells your doctor and loved ones what kind of medical care you desire if you are incapacitated or deemed unable to make such decisions. You can also draft a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order to be included with your advance directive. A DNR is a request not to...

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Your Rights When a Hospital Agent Insists that You Use their Advance Medical Directive

My estate planning team gets asked this question quite often – what can be done if a hospital agent or administrator says that you have to use their Advance Medical Directive. Here’s the answer: Politely tell them that you have a legal right under state and federal law to create your own Medical Directive. As long as the directive complies with state law, it should be honored. State laws can include formalities like having notary, two witnesses, being of sound mind when completed, etc. Some states even include laws which say if a healthcare facility refuses to follow your directive, they must...

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