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Why Is A Health Care Directive Important-Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney

Who Will Make Health Care Decisions On Your Behalf?

A Health Care Directive is a document that directs medical treatment and medications you would want to receive when you become disabled and cannot express your own wishes.

3 Reasons Why You Must Rewrite Your Estate Plan After A Divorce

Challenged By A Divorce

After a divorce, many people can feel challenged by the circumstances of their new situation. Even for couples who split up after the children have left the house, it can still feel like a life changing event for those involved.

6 Ways Health Care Directives Fail

A Crucial Part Of An Estate Plan

One of the most important pieces of a person's estate plan is the Health Care Directive. Simply put, the Health Care Directive (or HCD for short), spells out how a person wants to be cared for when they become disabled. I say when they become disabled, because people are six times more likely to become disabled than die in a given year. We will all be disabled at one point; it could be the last 20 minutes of our life or the last 20 years.

Mom Is Not Taking Her Meds

Taking Care of Our Mothers

Many of us have elderly parents and grandparents who we care for. While it may be sending packages or phone calls from across the USA, or stopping by every day at lunch to check on them, we value our elderly mothers and grandmothers. It's no surprise that when we discover that our mother is not taking her medication, we can feel upset or helpless in this situation.

Does Your Living Will Really Protect You and Your Family?

An Important Estate Planning Document

One of the most important estate planning documents is your Living Will. A Living Will directs what medical treatment and medications you should receive when you become disabled and cannot express your own wishes. Living Wills are designed to protect you and your family.

What Is HIPAA?

What If This Happened To You?

You are in a car accident and you are knocked unconscious. You are taken to the hospital emergency room in Minnesota. Shortly after that, your daughter arrives and asks about your condition and what are your prospects. The nurse looks in your patient file and says to your daughter "I'm sorry but I can't tell you anything about that person's condition. I can't even confirm whether they are here." That can be a terrible shock to your daughter but the nurse is simply following the law.

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