Power of Attorney for Health Care Lawyer
Creating a Health Care Proxy in Massachusetts
Our health care proxy attorneys can assist you with the important task of creating a Massachusetts health care proxy. A Power of Attorney for Health Care (or a health care proxy) is a legal document, which names the person you want to act as your health care agent when needed. This appointed person will then make the required health care decisions for you and see that physicians and other medical providers give you the type of care you would request if you had the ability to do so.
It’s important to create a valid health care proxy when you have the capacity to do so and not after you’ve become ill or are in need of medical attention.
It’s not a pleasant task to spend time contemplating what might happen if you lose the ability to make your own health care decisions because of illness, an accident, or advanced age. It’s important, however, to do this kind of planning when you have the capacity to do so. Two actions — having a written record of what kinds of medical treatments you do or don’t want and naming someone you trust to oversee your health care go a long way in handling this.
When a Power of Attorney for Health Care Goes Into Effect
Making your Power of Attorney for Health Care effective immediately does not mean that you give up all rights to determine the nature of your medical care while you’re still of sound mind and body. You will continue to dictate your own health care as long as you have the ability to do so. Even if and when you lose that ability, your health care agent must act in your best interests and make every effort to follow your written wishes. Having a Power of Attorney for Health Care is insurance that your health care preferences will be executed.
If you would like to create a health care proxy in Massachusetts, contact Simmons & Schiavo.
Our Massachusetts health care attorneys concentrate in estate planning matters and serve the Greater Boston and Boston’s North Shore region including the communities of Everett, Revere, Chelsea, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, Arlington, Winchester, Woburn, Burlington, Stoneham, Melrose, Wakefield, Saugus, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Middlesex County and Essex County, Massachusetts.