Davenport Lawyers for Advance Directives, Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney
With so many advances being made daily in medicine, many of us may face making unknown or unfamiliar decisions when medical emergencies arise. A living will (also referred to as an advance directive) is a written direction to the attending physician not to use measures to prolong life when the condition is terminal or death is otherwise imminent.
Health Care Power Of Attorney
In addition to providing your doctor with direction about end-of-life issues, it is important to name someone to make medical decisions for you, when you cannot communicate with your doctors. A health care power of attorney allows you to name a person you trust to be involved with decisions regarding your care. The authority of this person goes well beyond end-of-life decisions. As an example, diminished capacity can exist for a number of years and does not necessarily indicate end of life. During such periods, someone you choose as your advocate can be making those decisions. A health care power of attorney does include the opportunity to clearly identify end-of-life care choices.
Our Davenport and Rock Island attorneys can help you draft an advance directive that will help protect you from overly invasive emergency medical techniques that you may not wish to undergo.
Experienced Representation For Those Concerned About Controlling Their End-Of-Life Medical Care Decisions
At Schnell & Hancock, P.C., our lawyers understand how advance directives and health care powers of attorney fit into an overall estate plan. We work with our clients to clearly identify all of their wishes regarding their estates and the way they want their own affairs to be handled. For many people, having control over their health care decisions, including end-of-life care, is essential to their peace of mind. With more than 40 years of combined experience, we know how to help people channel their wishes into a document that will serve their needs.
Contact Our Attorneys for Comprehensive Estate Planning Services
For experienced guidance on drafting an advance directive and health care power of attorney that will serve your needs, turn to the attorneys of Schnell & Hancock, P.C. To schedule an initial consultation, call 563-359-7112 or contact us online. From our Scott County offices, we provide legal representation throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois.