Observations by Rachel Sanks

Five ways to ensure that a advance directive will be followed

In Caregiving on August 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

Eldercare Advice Blog

Dear Dr. CC,

As you know, both my parents are former clients of your law practice.  I learned from them that it is important to have advanced directives prepared ‘just in case’ I might need one.  So, I have one (made my husband get one, too).  We are concerned, though, that even though we have them they might go unrecorded or get ignored.  How do we guard against this happening?

Your estate plan fan,

Margo Hagan

Dear Margo,

You have asked a question that surprisingly seldom gets asked.  There are a number of things you can do to help ensure the likelihood that your advance directive (AD) will be followed when – and if- the time comes.  Here’s how:

  1. Be sure to share copies of your AD with all your healthcare providers and those who hold your healthcare power of attorney/ health care decision maker/ health care proxy.
  2. Communicate with…

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