Many people think of estate planning in terms of documents that take effect after the loss of a loved one. However, estate planning also encompasses documents that can protect a person's interests in the event of incapacity during his or her lifetime. Powers of attorney generally accomplish this goal.
Medical powers of attorney and health care directives provide decision-making authority and guidance on medical care should an elder be unable to make decisions for himself or herself.
Financial powers of attorney can allow a family member to make financial decisions on behalf of a senior, which can delay or prevent the need for conservatorship.
At Abbott, Thomson & Beer we serve our clients' estate planning needs by drafting, reviewing and litigating powers of attorney. Located in Jackson, Michigan, we are dedicated to providing innovative and complete representation with a high degree of personal attention.
We offer counsel regarding:
- financial powers of attorney;
- health care powers of attorney;
- medical directives;
- living wills; and
- designation of patient advocates.
Jackson Powers of Attorney (POA) and Medical Directives
If a client is unable to communicate his or her health care choices to a doctor due to injury or illness, a health care power of attorney or medical directive can protect his or her interests. These documents allow a person to name a specific person to make medical decisions for him or her in the event he or she cannot communicate his or her preferences.
A medical directive (sometimes called a living will) clearly communicates a patient's wishes to doctors and other health care professionals in the event that the patient can not. It provides key guidance regarding life support in the event that a patient is in a vegetative state, other life-sustaining assistance or end-of-life care. Planning ahead for these events is critical to preventing one's family from having to make difficult decisions without guidance.
Contact an Adrian Probate Attorney
Contact Abbott, Thomson & Beer by calling 517-917-0946 or toll free at 877-893-0898, or contact us online to speak with an attorney regarding your legal needs.