A medical power of attorney appoints an individual to make medical decisions if you cannot. If you don’t have a medical power of attorney (also sometimes referred to as a “health care proxy”), the decision automatically goes to your spouse. If you are unmarried, then it goes to adult children, parents, or other party that the judge deems appropriate. A Denver estate planning attorney at The McGuire Law Firm can assist you in drafting a medical power of attorney and by answering estate planning questions you may have.
Many individuals do not understand the purpose of a living will. A living will spells out what specific medical treatments you do or do not want in the case of a medical situation that leaves you in a “terminal” condition. A living will may also address other major medical choices, such as whether or not to resuscitate, or whether or not the signor wants artificial respiration.