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Advance Directives/Powers of Attorney

Equally as important as estate planning is making sure that you have properly executed advance directives. Advance directives are documents that inform your family and loved ones, as well as health care professionals, of your wishes when you no longer possess the ability to do so. The information in these directives relates to financial, legal, and health related issues.

We have assisted countless clients in crafting these documents, so call the Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison and get the peace of mind you deserve by knowing that these important issues have been resolved. Advance Directives commonly consist of the following:

Durable (or Financial) Power of Attorney ("POA")

This power of attorney appoints an agent and empowers that person to handle all of your financial affairs. A Financial Power of Attorney can be immediately active or it can be springing, meaning that your designated agent can only act after two physicians agree that you do not have the capacity to manage your own affairs.

Health Care Power of Attorney ("HCPOA")

This power of attorney appoints an agent and empowers that person to make important decisions about your medical treatment if you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make such decisions. The HCPOA that our firm drafts typically includes a Living Will. A Living Will instructs your doctor regarding your wishes about extending your life or, in the alternative, withholding extraordinary measures and/or artificial nutrition and hydration when you are terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state.