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, Mauldin, Parker & Beer, PLC 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, Mauldin, Parker & Beer, PLC 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.