Health Care Surrogate and Living Will
Many people have signed a Designation of Health Care Surrogate (also known as a Health Care Power of Attorney) and a Living Will which designate their spouse as the person to make their health related decisions, including the decision to "pull the plug" in the event of a terminal illness. In most states if you have not designated someone in writing to make your health-related decisions, your spouse is automatically appointed to make those decisions. If you are in the throes of a bitter divorce, do you really want you estranged spouse deciding whether you live or die? If you no longer wish your spouse to have control over those decisions, you should immediately execute a new Designation of Health Care Surrogate and, if applicable, a Living Will. You should consult with a qualified estate planning attorney to make sure your designation of health care surrogate and living will comply with your state s laws.
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POWER OF ATTORNEY – Power of attorney gives another person the right to act on behalf of someone else. This instrument permits one spouse to act on behalf of the other.
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