Advance Directives and Living Wills

Dothan Probate Attorneys Helping Build a Tailor-Made Component of Your Estate Plan Regarding Health Care Decisions in Geneva, Daleville, Cottonwood, Rehobeth, and Columbia.

All well-drafted estate plan in Alabama should include an advance directive, also known as a living will or a health-care proxy. This instrument is similar to a durable power of attorney – it allows the client to select a person who can make decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated. While the power of attorney is aimed primarily at financial decisions of the estate (for example, selling property or paying taxes), the advance directive is customized to health-care decisions regarding the client. Examples of such decisions include whether to remove or continue life support.  These decisions are never easy, but having a plan in place before the unexpected happens can relieve much of the stress that comes with hard choices that must be made.

An advance directive is a form that lays out several potential scenarios regarding difficult health-care decisions; the client chooses what should happen in each event. For instance, a client might specify that in the event of brain death, his representative should remove his feeding tube. Using an advance directive, the client can make all the choices rather than appointing another person to make them. On the other hand, a health-care proxy can authorize another person to make these kinds of decisions for the client. A well-drafted estate plan will contain both instruments: an advance directive specifying the client’s wishes, and a health-care proxy in case of any unforeseen scenarios that may come up.

The probate attorneys of Parkman White, LLP have years of experience in probate work and can draft advance directives and health-care proxies for you, helping you ensure that the right plan is in place that can meet your needs. If you or a loved one are in the Dothan, Ozark, or Troy, email us or call our Alabama Living Will attorneys today at 334-792-1900 for a consultation.