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If you become legally incapacitated, meaning you cannot make decisions for yourself because of an injury, illness, or complications arising from old age, how can you communicate what kind of medical treatment you want to receive? An advance healthcare directive (AHCD) is a legal document that outlines these preferences in case you become unable to express your wishes. AHCDs are also known as living wills, personal directives, and medical directives.

This document provides clear instructions so your family does not have to guess or quarrel over your treatment. Although it may seem that such a document applies only to the elderly or end-of-life situations, it is beneficial for anyone at any age who could suddenly be involved in a serious accident or become dangerously ill.

At Adams Law Office, LLC, we help clients convey clear instructions to family, friends, and business partners about estate and medical matters. The advance healthcare directive is one of many legal instruments that can carry out a person’s wishes, even in the event of incapacity. Since founding our practice in 2003, we have prepared and finalized many of these documents for individuals and families throughout the community. We can help you obtain the peace of mind knowing that your desires and values will be honored by those around you when it matters most.

Retain experienced legal assistance by contacting Adams Law Office, LLC at (301) 900-5940 today. We can ensure your voice is heard—no matter what.

Advance Healthcare Directives in Maryland

Advance health directives have two purposes. You can establish yours to do one or both of the following:

  1. Create a durable power of attorney for healthcare, which designates someone you trust (your “attorney-in-fact”) who will be legally authorized to make medical decisions for you when you are unable to express your wishes
  2. Create your own clear instructions in writing as to the medical care you wish to receive or not receive in any situation where you are no longer conscious or able to express yourself

Your durable power of attorney should designate a family member, friend, or anyone else you trust to carry out your desires and expectations regarding medical care. This care can involve life support, feeding tubes, pain management, and other medical interventions that may or may not sustain your life. For example, you may decide to include “do not resuscitate” instructions in the event that you enter cardiac arrest. You can also include directions regarding the donation of organs or a preference between burial or cremation.

You will likely have discussed these issues with your trusted person beforehand. If you have both a durable power of attorney and instructions, your attorney-in-fact would have the responsibility of seeing that your wishes are carried out.

An advance healthcare directive does not permanently remove your right to make your own decisions. Should you become conscious and lucid, you can override your attorney-in-fact or cancel your written instructions. You can also change or amend your instructions or the naming of your attorney-in-fact at any time.

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At Adams Law Office, LLC, we can provide the guidance you need to create an advance healthcare directive that meets your needs and preferences. We highly recommend establishing this powerful legal document because it ensures your wishes are honored at a time when you cannot voice them.

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