Who Will Decide My Care When Im Too Sick To Choose If I Dont Have An Agent Or An Advance Directive?

If you do not name an agent or do not have an advance directive, the doctor will ask your family what treatment you would want, in this order: spouse (unless legally separated), adult children, parents, adult brothers and sisters, adult grandchildren, adult nieces and nephews, adult aunts and uncles. If there are family members whom you do not want to make decisions for you, you need to put this in writing and give it to your doctor or hospital.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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