Tulsa Advanced Directive Attorney (Medical Power of Attorney)

 

One important estate planning document you can have is an Advanced Directive for Healthcare (also called a medical power of attorney).

Most married people assume their spouses have the right to make medical decisions for them if they were to be medically incapacitated, but that is an assumption the law does not make. Without an Advanced Directive for Healthcare (medical durable power of attorney), the healthcare professionals will make those decisions. Without an Advanced Directive that contains the proper HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) language, your spouse might not even be able to review/request your medical records.

An Advanced Directive is a power you give someone else, such as a spouse or an adult child. An Advanced Directive for Healthcare gives the person you name the authority to:

  • Hire and fire doctors
  • Consent to surgery
  • Move you in or out of a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility
  • Make any and all medical decisions (including end-of-life decisions, if so stated in the directive)

If you have questions regarding an Advanced Directive, please contact Ms. Schmook for a free consultation.