Establishing Plans For Difficult Health Care Decisions

In Missouri, there are two legal instruments that allow a person to maintain control of medical-related decisions in the event of incapacity, the durable power of attorney for health care and the advance health care directive, or living will:

  • Durable power of attorney for health care: Allows you to appoint a trusted person to make medical-related decisions for you.
  • Advance health care directive: Commonly known as a living will, this document specifies certain types of treatment you would and would not like to receive in certain situations. Living wills typically address end-of-life and life-sustaining treatment such as medication, feeding tubes and assisted hydration.

Establishing these documents today can spare your family significant future problems. Consider the wrenching decisions a family member would be faced with if he or she had no direction to go on but his or her own intuition. Imagine the contentious disputes that could arise if family members did not agree on a course of action.

Living wills and health care powers of attorney keep these decisions in your hands, even when you are no longer able to communicate your wishes. At Lisha A. Prater, LLC, we can help you establish all of the legal documents you need to protect your loved ones from future uncertainty and disputes regarding your medical treatment.

An Experienced Lawyer Can Help

With more than 20 years of experience, attorney Lisha Prater can help you fulfill all of your estate planning needs. Contact us online or by telephone at 417-459-4390 to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer in Springfield, Missouri.