Advance Directive for Healthcare
Georgia adopted the Advance Directive for Healthcare Act in 2007. The Act provides for a new form for what used to be called a Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare. The new Advance Directive covers what was contained in the old Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare in a newer, more easily understood format.
The new Advance Directive allows you to plan for illnesses by appointing a Healthcare Agent who may make healthcare decisions on your behalf, and for you to give specific guidance to your Healthcare Agent on how you would prefer to be treated in the event of a serious illness that leaves you unable to communicate your preferences. Many people are reluctant to face the possibility of a serious illness, and while it is painful, the Advance Directive is very beneficial for those who will be caring for you in the event of your illness. It provides them with directions on your preferences at a time when they might be able to ask you what you would want. It also takes care of appointing a Healthcare Agent without court involvement. It also gives valuable guidance to your physician. The attorneys at Quarterman Hodson & Associates, P.C. can help you prepare an Advance Directive. We can also help you determine whether your old Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare are sufficient. While the Advance Directive for Healthcare Act specifically provides that the old forms are still good, in some cases it may be in your best interest to go ahead and execute a new Advance Directive. Please contact us with inquiries.