Those who have attended Legalities know that we meet monthly at the Chelsea Senior Center to discuss legal issues and related topics that interest us. The moderator, elder care attorney Bill Lamb prepares a short presentation for each meeting, but the format is conversational. Questions, comments, and the sharing of information is encouraged!
Today I am recapping a part of today's discussion that is of interest to experienced adults.
Advance Directive - Is yours where it needs to be?
Most of us know that we should have a will, a durable power of attorney, and an advance directive for health care.
Not everyone, however, has considered the practical importance of having your estate plan documents accessible and located where others can find them and use them to help you.
Your advance directive, or durable power of attorney for health care, names your patient advocate and describes the medical treatment you do and do not want.
Some people think deeply about who they want to help them and what care they do and don't want. They make the effort to create their advance directive, but then it never gets to place where it will be needed.
Under Michigan law, before being implemented, an advance directive, or durable power of attorney for health care, must be placed into the person's medical record with the health care provider or health care facility.
We have found that people who hold on to their documents and plan to take them to their doctor at their next scheduled appointment often forget to do so.
The practice at our office is to file each client's health care power with both her primary care physician and with the facility where the client is most likely to visit or where the provider has admitting privileges.
What You Can Do
If you have an advance directive, check with your doctor or health care provider and make sure your document is in your medical record and visible to those who would need to treat you in an emergency.
If you have questions about advance directives, durable powers of attorney for health care, or other parts of a good estate plan, you can call us. We'd be happy to help. (734) 475-2100.
You Are Invited
Please join us. We meet the third Thursday each month, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Chelsea Senior Center, 500 Washington Street, Chelsea, Michigan. Call the senior center for more information: (734) 475-9242.
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