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Health care power of attorney has an important job

Kent area residents may have a hard time thinking about what would happen if they became medically incapacitated. No one thinks they will have to face this issue, but, unfortunately, it affects many families each year. Medical incapacitation is a scary and traumatic event for a family, so having a person designated to make medical decisions is important.

A health care power of attorney is chosen by a person to make medical decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated. It can list what medical procedures should or should not be done, medications to be administered, and resuscitation and life support issues. It can also address autopsies, organ donation, and donating a body to science. The person listed in the healthcare power of attorney may also have access to a person's medical records and is legally bound to follow the principal's directions.

A healthcare power of attorney is one aspect of estate planning that a person should consider. A legal professional who is skilled in estate planning can help their client discover what estate planning needs their family should consider. Every family is unique and there are many different estate planning documents that are available, including powers of attorney, wills, trusts, and guardianships. All Kent area residents can benefit from having an estate plan that not only protect their assets, but also their children and healthcare needs.

A healthcare power of attorney is a wonderful way to communicate serious medical concerns and pick a trusted person to make these decisions. Having this set up can ease the anxiety of what may happen if a person becomes incapacitated.

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