Incapacity Planning includes HealthCare Documentation

 

Incapacity planning includes healthcare documents.  Any complete estate plan must include a plan for incapacity by having the proper healthcare documentation.  One of the two necessary documents is an Advance Health Care Directive. This term may encompass a number of different documents, including a health care proxy, a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, a Living Will and medical instructions. This document likewise allows you to designate someone you choose to make minor health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so for yourself.

Accompanied the Advance Health Care Directive must be the HIPAA Authorization. This authorization is required by the passing of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which prohibits health care providers to provide client information to family and loved ones without express consent by the client. As part of your estate plan, I complete both the State Advance Health Care Directive and the Federal HIPAA Authorization so in the event something unexpected happens to you, your loved ones can not only communicate with the medical providers, but give them information regarding your healthcare wishes.

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