Estate Planning

Designation of a Healthcare Surrogate

A Designation of a Health Care Surrogate, also referred to as a healthcare proxy, allows someone you appoint to make decisions about your medical care if you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

Because decisions of this nature are often time-sensitive, our office provides you with the option of incorporating the HIPPA Authorization in the Designation of Health Care Surrogate. This allows your Surrogate to receive information about your medical condition, so that they can make an informed decision regarding plan of care. You can also include any instructions about health care treatments that you do or do not want.

Most hospitals provide a generic form for you to sign upon admittance, but these versions typically don’t address all the situations that could arise during your care. Are there any procedures that you wouldn’t want to have, for example? Under what circumstances do you want to receive pain medication?

These are important questions that only you can answer. Having a Health Care Surrogate ensures that you have someone to speak on your behalf and convey your wishes, regardless of the situation.

Your Designation of a Health Care Surrogate is actually one of three important documents that make up your Healthcare Directives. This document, along with a Living Will and a Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian, is an essential piece to any good estate plan and should be drafted by an experienced estate planning attorney.

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