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National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2013

Who will make medical and financial decisions in the event of your incapacitation or disability? These are important questions to discuss with your family members, loved ones, attorney and healthcare provider.

April 16, 2013 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a national initiative to encourage Americans of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess and make heart-wrenching decisions regarding what their loved one would have wanted.

Powers of attorney can be exceptional estate planning tools that can specify medical, financial, health care and lifestyle decisions of an individual and assign an individual (attorney in fact) who is responsible for execution of decisions.

A “healthcare power of attorney” is a legal document that states which person you have selected to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.

A “living will” is a legal document that states what kinds of medical treatments and life sustaining measures you would or would not want at the end of life.

The laws regarding advance directives vary from state to state. Our estate planning attorneys take a personalized approach with all of our clients, helping prepare a solid plan suitable to your desires and needs. If you require additional information on living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, or estate planning please contact one of our Nevada power of attorney lawyers at 702-798-4955 to arrange a free consultation.

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