Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care
The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care was developed by the General Assembly in 2007 as a standard form to replace the use of a living will or medical power of attorney. Our estate planning attorneys recommend clients use this document because it allows them to specify who will make health care decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated or terminally ill. For example, do you want your health care agent to donate your organs or authorize an autopsy? These decisions are best made by planning ahead.
What authority is given to my health care agent?
In the event you are unconscious or terminally ill, your health care agent will have the power to admit you to a hospital or other nursing facility, request or refuse health care, and consult with you while you are admitted to a medical facility. Your health care agent will also have full access to your medical records.
This document also allows you to specify what type of life-sustaining treatment you desire in the event you are unconscious or terminally ill. Please contact our office to find out how you can put your family members at ease by specifying your health care agent and treatment choices before an emergency occurs.
For more information, contact our Cumming, Georgia law firm today!