If you or a loved one are facing challenging circumstances such as an illness or accident, planning is necessary to protect your property, best interests and family members. Doing so can be challenging and emotional, especially if you or a loved one are impaired from making the best decisions on your own behalf. Choosing a skilled and experienced attorney to establish a comprehensive plan is the best way to ensure your future is taken care of, even if the worst occurs.
Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., offers powers of attorney and medical directives services. Our attorneys are skilled and experienced at helping you prepare for a variety of scenarios and choosing the best individuals to make decisions if needed.
What is Power of Attorney?
Powers of attorney documents are created for one person to allow another person to act on their behalf. These are common for people after they are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses but can also be created for preemptive protection. The individual granted decision-making capabilities is called the agent, and the individual appointing power to the agent is called the principal. There are different types of powers of attorney that have certain qualities and protections.
- Limited power of attorney: With this type, the agent is only granted certain privileges, such as the right to make one final action or only be granted power of attorney for a finite amount of time.
- General power of attorney: General powers of attorney give the agent the ability to do anything for the principal that they can usually do on their own.
- Conditional/springing power of attorney: These powers of attorney are created for a specific purpose or in a certain condition. These are usually designed to go into effect when the principal becomes incapacitated.
- Durable power of attorney: Unlike general powers of attorney, these documents go into effect at the time of signing and last even if the principal after signing becomes incapacitated. These are also a type of medical directive.
- Healthcare power of attorney: Similar to durable powers of attorney, these allow the agent to make health care decisions for the principal.
What Are Medical Directives?
These legal documents are designed to state an individual's preferences for healthcare. Medical directives outline what they would like doctors and other medical professionals to do in the event of certain scenarios, such as a coma or otherwise becoming medically incapacitated. There are two main types of medical directives:
- Living Will: Living wills outline what treatment, if any, an individual wants to receive if and when they become incapacitated.
- Healthcare proxy: This document allows a person to give another individual the right to make healthcare decisions on their behalf, if they are unable to do so themselves.
Protect Your Medical Rights With Kassabian & Kassabian
It is always better to be prepared for any situation or emergency by knowing who will make crucial medical decisions for you if you cannot do so yourself. Trusting an attorney to help you decide the best course of action for your desires will ensure your best interests are protected even if you are incapacitated. We have decades of experience helping our clients prepare for a variety of scenarios and ensure their wishes can be carried out.
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