Glastonbury elder law attorneys provide help in making plans for your future. The hope is that you’ll live a long time, stay healthy, and have a financially secure retirement with assistance from our retirement planning and asset protection lawyers. Unfortunately, sometimes a serious medical emergency can arise during your life that derails all of your careful plans for what you expected your life to be.
A serious medical emergency could happen to people of all ages, including to young people. This is why everyone should work with Glastonbury elder law attorneys to make an incapacity plan if they don’t already have plans in place.
An incapacity plan should include instructions for who will manage assets on your behalf if your infirmity prevents you from doing so. You should also include instructions for who should make healthcare decisions on your behalf if something has happened to you.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates has helped many families to understand what is involved in the incapacity planning process. We understand it is not fun to think about what would happen if you were suddenly left incapacitated because you got sick or hurt. However, failing to make your plans in advance in case something happens to you could be much worse for you and your family. Our firm will make the incapacity planning process easy, so give us a call today to find out about the help we can offer you.
Who Should Make Healthcare Choices on Your Behalf?
While there are many concerns and worries about what could happen if you suffer a serious medical emergency, one big issue is what will happen if you cannot communicate but you are taken to the hospital to be cared for. In these circumstances, someone has to make a choice for you on care. The only question is: who is going to make that choice for you?
According to Connecticut.gov , competent adults have the right to name a health care representative who will have “legal authority to make health care decisions,” in the event of incapacity. If you do name a health care representative, you get to decide who makes decisions for you when you no longer can.
The health care representative can be authorized to “accept or refuse any treatment, service or procedure used to diagnose or treat my physical or mental condition, except as otherwise provided by law.” While a health care representative cannot agree to certain procedures such as electroshock, the representative has broad authority to consent to other medical interventions– or to refuse such interventions.
The health care representative also has the authority to “provide, withhold or withdraw life support systems.” In other words, the health care proxy could decline the use of a feeding tube, or could pull the plug on a machine like a ventilator that is preventing death.
Health care proxies are typically directed to make decisions in accordance with a living will that was created as part of an incapacity plan. A living will allows for certain care preferences to be expressed in advance. By making a living will and specifying under what circumstances specific types of care should be delivered, it is possible to take even more control over healthcare choices in the event of incapacity.
The living will ultimately allows for advanced decisions to be made on many of the most important care issues, and the health care representative can consent or deny care in other situations not directly addressed by the living will. This gives you the flexibility to ensure you’ve made your wishes known and allows you to select a trusted person to make medical choices for you.
Getting Help from Glastonbury elder law attorneys
Glastonbury elder law attorneys wth Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates have extensive experience providing assistance with the creation of incapacity plans, including plans that allow for a health care representative to be named.
If something happens to you, you won’t want to be left without the ability to express preferences for who should make choices on your care. You should make your plans today if you have not already planned ahead for illness or injury, as you never know when something unexpected could happen.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates offers advice on incapacity planning and you can join us for a free seminar to find out more. If you are ready to move forward with making a plan to take control over you healthcare in case of a medical emergency, we can assist with an incapacity plan that includes naming a health care representative. Give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online today to get the personalized help that you need.