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In cases of illness or injury, you may not be able to communicate your wishes concerning your health care. A health care directive, similar to a living will, is a written document that allows you to specify what actions may or may not be taken regarding your health care in the event that you become unable to make decisions for yourself. You are able to set forth detailed instructions as to the medical treatment you do and do not want to receive, such as life support or electroshock therapy. With a health care directive, you can also appoint another person to make decisions on your behalf.

In order to create a valid health care directive, there are several requirements under law:

  • The directive must be in writing.
  • It must provide instructions for your health care or appoint an agent authorized to make decisions on your behalf.
  • Your name and date must appear in the document.
  • You must sign the document and have it notarized.

Forms are available to assist in drafting a health care directive. However, it is highly advisable to consult with your health care provider and an estate planning attorney familiar with this area of law to ensure that the document meets the legal requirements and will be effective in the event that you need medical attention and are unable to express your wishes.

At the Gallagher Law Firm, we have significant experience in this specialized area of law. Our Michigan estate planning attorneys can provide expert guidance in the creation of a health care directive and help you understand the intricacies of this unique field of law. Providing for your health and wellbeing in the event of incapacity or illness can be a great source of worry. Let the experienced legal professionals at the Gallagher Law Firm help alleviate your fears and assist in the process of putting in place a carefully-crafted legal plan to protect you and your health.