Middle Ground: Common Legal Arrangements: Health Care Planning Tools (Instructions & Power of Attorney for Health Care)
NOTE: Anyone age 18 or older may prepare an advance directive. You may want to seek a lawyers expertise when preparing health care planning documents. A lawyer can help interpret State laws or suggest ways to ensure that a persons wishes are carried out.
There are several types of health care planning tools that can be used to communicate the health care wishes of adults who may not be able to make health care decisions for themselves.
In most cases, these tools must be prepared while the adult communicating his or her wishes is still capable of understanding (a) his or her medical needs and (b) the consequences of his or her health care wishes and decisions.
The most common types of health care planning tools are:
- a Health Care Advance Directive, and
- a Health Care Power of Attorney