If you are suddenly unable to care for yourself physically or mentally, do you know who will make medical decisions for you? Unfortunately, many people find themselves in this position because they haven’t discussed their plan with anyone – or perhaps have a plan at all.
Appointing someone to make medical decisions for you when you are unable to do so is important for peace of mind and any future complications. In fact, it might even save you money and time down the road.
Who Can Make Medical Decisions For You if You Can’t?
The short answer to the question of who has the ability to make medical decisions for you when you can’t is anyone. At least, anyone you appoint or “designate” to carry out your wishes. Even if you never need their assistance, appointing someone you trust ahead of time can provide assurance to you and your family. That way, if anything ever does happen to you, the person you trust can step in and make medical decisions according to your plan.
This person will make healthcare decisions for you when you are unable to do so. They’ll also receive important information about your health should the need arise. You can direct them to act in certain ways depending on the circumstances and form a plan ahead of time to avoid any issues.
How Do You Legally Appoint Someone to Make Your Medical Decisions?
Usually, people making a healthcare plan fill out important legal documents that an estate planning attorney provides. In addition to appointing someone you trust to make decisions if you can’t, you’ll make a plan so they will know exactly what you want them to do under certain circumstances.
Also note that just because you sign these documents doesn’t mean you’ve committed to having this person make decisions for you. You can change your appointed decision-maker any time you want. And they will not have any power over your affairs unless you become mentally or physically unable to care for yourself.
I’m Healthy – Why Would I Need Someone to Make My Medical Decisions?
This may surprise you, but anyone and everyone can benefit from designating someone to make decisions when they are unable to do so. This person provides a backup plan for your health care if you ever need it. You’ll also gain the peace of mind knowing that your affairs will be prioritized should anything ever happen. It’s truly a win-win.
Contact an Estate Planning Attorney for Help
If you’re ready to appoint someone to make your medical decisions in the event you are unable to make them yourself, contacting an estate planning attorney can be invaluable. Amy L. Phillips, PLLC serves clients with top-notch estate planning services, including appointing and planning. We can help you form a bulletproof plan and ensure your health is well-cared for in the future. To get in touch with an estate planning attorney today, contact our Florida office at (863) 268-8292 or our Pennsylvania office at (412) 643-3999.