Health Care Planning

Minnesota Health Care Planning Lawyer

Planning for your future and the future of your family is very important. When making plans for your estate and for yourself, one area of focus needs to be the health care directive.

The health care directive is a legal document that appoints an individual to make decisions for you when it comes to your health care. If you ever become incapacitated, making it impossible for you to make medical decisions yourself, the agent appointed in that document can do it for you.

Types Of Instructions

There are different types of instructions that you may give in your health care directive such as:

  • What medical treatment you would prefer, such as whether or not you want life-sustaining measures to be taken that may simply postpone your death rather than improve your condition.
  • Whether or not you want intrusive medical treatments and, if you do, you can state your preferences.
  • Whether or not you want to be an organ donor.
  • Your funeral arrangement preferences
  • Who you would want to be your guardian if you would have a need for one.
  • Where you receive care.

Your Minnesota health care planning attorney can help you put health care directives in place. Everyone should have one because it enables them to take care of a very personal matter on their own without their family having to make very difficult decisions. If no one knows your health care wishes, then you can’t guarantee they will be fulfilled.

Your Agent

The person you designate as your agent needs to be at least 18 years old. This person cannot be your health care provider unless he or she is a family member or you can give valid reasons why that person needs to be your agent. You cannot request treatment that is beyond the scope of reasonable medical practice. You also cannot ask for assisted suicide.

To ensure the document is valid, your Minnesota lawyer will make sure everything is in writing and dated, contains your name, is signed by you and verified by a notary public (or two witnesses) at a time you were competent, and includes the name of the agent who has been appointed to make decisions for you.

Contact A Minnesota Health Care Planning Attorney

If you become ill or disabled to the point that you are unable to make your own medical decisions, you can establish a health care directive as a part of your estate plan so that your family will know what decisions to make for you. This will make matters much easier for your family and for you. To find out more or start the estate planning process today, call 763-541-0320 to schedule a consultation.