If you become unable to make decisions about your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or old age, the proper legal documents are essential to your care. If you do not define your wishes through a living will or healthcare power of attorney, your care may be left up to family members, doctors, or judges that may not know what you prefer. In North Carolina, a living will is called an advance directive.
An advance directive is a document that sets out the types of medical treatment you would or would not prefer to receive if you’re unable to make decisions about your own medical care. An advance directive should be accompanied by a health care power of attorney. In a health care power of attorney you select a trusted individual to direct your health care if you are unable to do so yourself. The person selected in your health care power of attorney is known as your health care agent. This person does not have to be a resident of North Carolina, but should be someone who is trustworthy, and willing to be by your bedside if necessary.
If you have any questions about an advance directive or a health care power of attorney, contact the Piemonte Law Firm today and we can begin planning to protect your health care wishes.