It’s a scenario that haunts many people: you are severely ill and unable to make your own decisions about your healthcare. Your loved ones are left to guess what your wishes would be, directing your medical care for better or for worse. This kind of situation happens often, but there are ways that you can protect yourself and your family from this kind of stress. In the world of Eugene estate planning, there is a document called the healthcare surrogate, or medical power of attorney (MPOA). Establishing this piece allows you to appoint someone you trust, to make your healthcare decisions in the event that you are no longer able to. While doctors and hospitals may appoint a default option, this document gives you control over who acts on your behalf, and what your medical wishes are.
Whether you are incapacitated for a few days or a few years, having a legally-valid healthcare surrogate document can give everyone peace of mind. This valuable part of your estate plan is designed to outline your wishes for various medical situations, like if you were in a coma, needing to be on a ventilator, needing a blood transfusion, advised for emergency surgery, and many more options. In the end, the healthcare surrogate documentation is designed to minimize suffering- your physical suffering and the emotional suffering of those caring for you. Regardless of your age or health status, this legal document can be a priceless asset.
Filling out a healthcare surrogate or MPOA form is a simple process, but our firm is here to help you, every step of the way. When you want an estate planning attorney in Eugene that you can trust to handle these delicate matters, come to the office of Megan Amelung. Ask for your free consultation to get started.
Our legal services are available for the following counties: Linn, Coos, Douglas, Lincoln, Benton, Deschutes, and Lane.
Click HERE for frequently asked questions.