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Establishing a health care proxy allows you to entrust somebody to make health care decisions on your behalf if you become unable to make or communicate your medical decisions. To ensure that your wishes about your health care future are properly carried out, you should seek advice from a Massachusetts estate planning Attorney who is familiar with the health care proxy law.
According to the Massachusetts Health Care Proxy Law, any adult over the age of 18 may be established as your Health Care Agent in the state of Massachusetts. However, you are not allowed to appoint any individual who works for your hospital or nursing home where you are a patient unless that person is a blood relative.
A health care proxy agent has a number of responsibilities, including:
-Acting on your behalf in health-related issues if you are unconscious, unable to communicate, or are in a coma
-Discussing treatment options with your doctor regarding all aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment
-Receiving any pertinent legal information regarding your healthcare status and medical history
To ensure that your wishes are honored, make sure that you have understanding between the person named in your health care proxy, your family, and your medical team. Your health care proxy agent should take your wishes into accordance, matching their actions to your religious and moral beliefs. Make sure that you have discussed with your doctor and your health care proxy your wishes about end- of- life care so that they can make the decisions that you would have made if you were able.
A health care proxy is an important document for every person have and is typically include when drafting one’s estate plan. Although it can be prepared by an individual, to ensure that everything is absolutely right during a time of crisis, it’s best to consult with a Massachusetts estate planning attorney when drawing up your health care proxy. If you need help with a health care proxy, contact us today to set up an appointment.
To speak with a Health Care Proxy Lawyer in Massachusetts about your issue call Bacon Flaherty today at (866) 315-5800.