Why Should I Create An Advance Directive?

Sometimes, because of illness or injury, people are not able to decide about treatment for themselves. You may want to plan in advance and create an Advance Directive to appoint a health care agent and/or make your wishes and instructions known regarding your mental and physical health care, so that these wishes may be followed if you become unable to decide for yourself for a short or long­term period. If you don't plan ahead, family members or other people close to you may not be allowed to make decisions for you or follow your wishes, and/or no one will know what treatment choices you may have preferred.

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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