Powers of attorney and health care directives are two of the most important documents to include in your estate plan. Perhaps only your last will and testament would be considered more important.
Powers of attorney put the proper authority into the hands of the people you choose to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make them for yourself. Health care directives clearly communicate your wishes regarding end-of-life care to the medical professionals who care for you when you have become terminally ill or critically injured.
There are important considerations that come into play in the development of both powers of attorney and health care directives, and the assistance of a lawyer can be invaluable in these matters. At Creighton McLean & Shea PLC in Livonia, Michigan, we have extensive experience in the drafting of these and all other types of estate planning documents.
Powers Of Attorney
Powers of attorney can be established to grant any power you choose to another person. These can include business decisions, personal financial matters, decisions regarding your health care and many other powers. It is important that you select people you know you can trust to honor your wishes and not abuse the power you have given them. We will help you through the process and advise you regarding the issues that can come into play with regard to granting powers.
Health Care Directives
The health care directive is the document that your caregivers and medical professionals will look to for direction regarding how to handle your end-of-life care. You can make your wishes know prior to your death about whether you want extraordinary measures taken to save your life if you would not otherwise survive without them. There are difficult decisions that need to be made and clear distinctions that need to be specified in these documents. We will walk you through each portion and work to ensure that your wishes are communicated as clearly as possible.
Contact An Attorney To Learn More
We invite you to contact our office to learn more about powers of attorney, health care directives and how they fit into your estate plan. You can reach us by phone at 734-245-9289 or contact us via email to schedule your initial consultation.