One of the most important and personal documents involved in estate planning is the Medical Power of Attorney. With this document, you are appointing someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so. The experienced estate planning attorneys at Willingham & Coté, can counsel you on the various considerations when appointing an individual as your Patient Advocate and ensure the proper execution of this important document.
Without a proper patient advocate, your loved ones will be forced to file a petition in the local probate court requesting the Judge to declare you incompetent or incapable of handling your medical decisions. This process is time consuming and unpleasant to everyone involved. No one wants to file court proceedings against their loved one in efforts to assist them to make medical decisions on their behalf.
The individual appointing someone to make medical decisions on his or her behalf.
The individual who has been appointed to make medical decisions for the Patient if he or she is unable to make those decisions.