Health Care Directives

Advance Health Care Directives

Health Care Planning for Your Future

Family Law Attorney Ogden

Advance health care directives empower you to dictate exactly what kind of medical treatment you want to receive.  If you become unable to direct your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or advanced age, the right legal documents are your lifeline. When you don’t write down your wishes about medical treatment, these important matters can be placed in the hands of estranged family members, doctors, or sometimes even judges, all of whom may not know what type of medical care you prefer.  An advance health care directive names a trusted individual that will make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so yourself.

Practical, Personal, and Legal

At Red Law of Ogden, Utah, we have spent several years perfecting our advance health care directives.  Our directives have been reviewed by E.R. doctors, family doctors, and other medical professionals to ensure their practicality in a medical setting.  Additionally, we have ensured our health care directives entirely comply with Utah law.  In the past, many doctors across the country have complained that health care directives were often too complex to be useful.  We have developed a document that actually works to ensure you get the kind of end-of-life-care you desire.

Benefits of a Health Care Directive

There are numerous benefits of having a quality health care directive in your medical records, on file with your family doctor, and accessible by those closest to you.

  • It specifically names a trusted person to direct your health care if you are unable to do so yourself.
  • It can save you thousands upon thousands of dollars.  Many individuals receive health care they don’t want because their family members desire to keep them alive as long as possible.  Sometimes extensive medical treatment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When this occurs, the medical facility providing your treatment will often receive their payment out of your estate after you die.
  • It sets out the types of medical treatment you would or would not like to receive in certain situations.
  • It gives specific direction to your family members so they are not put in impossible positions to make decisions regarding your health and life.
  • It prevents arguments among family members.  When your wishes aren’t clearly written down, it is very common for family members to disagree and argue regarding what type of health care you should receive.
  • It can avoid court and an appointment of a guardian.  If you don’t have health care directives in place and you become incapacitated, a Utah court may hold a hearing and appoint a guardian to look after you.  This can cost your estate thousands of dollars.
  • It relieves stress, tension, and emotional strain from your family members in the event you need medical treatment.

If you wish to further explore your end-of-life-care options, or want to discuss other legal tools that protect your estate, please call our office and schedule a consultation.