Depending on where you are in life, you may not have given the idea of medical incapacitation much thought. This may be a product of youth or not being fully aware of the consequences of not having the right measure in place. Whatever the case may be, it is essential to know about Nevada’s living will laws and how they can impact you.
What is a Living Will?
A living will or “declaration” is a document which details an individual’s preferences for medical treatment should he or she become unable to express them to doctors and other care providers. Another essential device is a Medical Power of Attorney for Healthcare or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare which allows an individual to name a specific person to direct their care under these circumstances. Both of these documents are types of advanced directives which enable individuals to have control over how their care needs are addressed.
While many people think that making plans for medical care decisions is something to do in older age, it is vital to have these critical decisions made and measures in place before the necessity arises. An event such as serious car accident or fall could incapacitate you in a matter of seconds. Without a declaration in place, your physicians will not know your treatment preferences. Further, your loved ones may have to go to court to obtain the power to direct your care.
Preparing Your Declaration
Nevada residents are fortunate in that obtaining materials to draft a declaration is relatively easy. However, knowing the right language to include and how to express your preferences can be more difficult. It is advisable to have an attorney assist in creating this document as well as your medical power of attorney. Otherwise, you run the risk of being unclear in your directions. Ambiguous language could result in one or both of these vital documents being ineffective when you need them the most.
Making Your Preferences Known
Once you have created your declaration and medical power of attorney for healthcare, it is important that you store them in a place which is accessible to your medical care providers. The state of Nevada has a resource called the Nevada Lockbox which permits users to upload these types of directives to a central location which can be accessed by those providing medical treatment. Taking this step can help make sure that your care needs can be met by your providers according to your directions.
Contact an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
Having the right medical planning documents in place is critical. However, it is equally important to ensure that your advanced directives are properly drafted and will meet your needs. At the Law Office of Darren Weiss, we understand the importance of planning for the future and can help you make sure you have the right measures in place. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.