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Orange County Estate Planning Attorney

Managing Your Future Health Care in Los Angeles

Advance Health Care Directives (AHCDs) are a valuable type of estate plan which make your wishes known regarding your health care in the event that you become incapacitated. In your AHCD, you can specify who you want to make decisions related to your health care, known as a power of attorney for health care. With so much as stake in drafting an AHCD, you need to make sure you have a trusted Orange County estate planning attorney at your side to help you.

Oaktree Law has been helping clients protect their finances and futures for many years. Our focus is providing peace of mind through knowledgeable counsel and tireless pursuit of the best outcomes for our clients, which has resulted in our firm being rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

Why do I need an Advance Health Care Directive?

Designating your spouse, family member, or friend the agent in your AHCD gives them the ability to make choices on your behalf regarding health care options if you are unconscious or are otherwise unable to make the decision for yourself. The agent has a legal obligation to execute on your wishes as they are outlined in your AHCD. For this reason, you should carefully consider whom you want charged with such a responsibility.

Your AHCD will highlight some procedures the agent cannot authorize, such as:

  • Abortion
  • Sterilization
  • Psychosurgery
  • Committing you to a mental institution

You need to be aware that while you can revoke your AHCD at any time, it will go into effect indefinitely if you leave it in place unless you specified a termination date in the document.

If you do not have an AHCD in place, your future medical care could be left up to strangers. Having an AHCD puts this responsibility in the hands of your loved ones, giving them the confidence to carry out your wishes.

Oaktree Law Can Enshrine Your Wishes for the Future

The dedicated Los Angeles estate planning attorneys at Oaktree Law can work with you to set up the estate planning documents you need to stay in control of your future medical care, protecting your loved ones from having to make medical choices on your behalf without clear instructions from you.

Call Oaktree Law to begin the discussion regarding your future health care. We can fully inform you of what options are available and what next steps to take to protect your wishes.

Reach out to our skilled team at (800) 535-1627 to set up a consultation!