If you are incapacitated by a serious illness or injury, or by the gradual loss of your mental faculties, have you appointed someone to handle your personal affairs and make decisions about your health care? Health care directives establish instructions so others know how you would like to be treated in different situations.
Our Clayton, Missouri, law firm provides comprehensive estate planning services to couples and individuals in the St. Louis metro area, including communities of St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County. Contact our health care directives law firm for a free initial consultation. You may also call us at 888-541-5889.
Will Your Family Know Your Wishes? — Estate Planning For Incapacity
At The Law Office of Cathy Steele, we can help you draft powers of attorney and health care directives to assert your wishes, protect your estate, and spare your family members from unnecessary conflicts and difficult decisions. We have been practicing for more than 35 years, and we have the knowledge and skill required to help you.
Advanced Health Care Directives
A durable power of attorney for health care is an estate planning tool that appoints someone to make decisions about your medical care and personal care, such as choice of hospital, having surgery or entering a nursing home. This may or may not be the same person who has power of attorney over your finances.
A health care directive, sometimes known as a "living will," directs doctors and family members on your specific wishes regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care. They can answer important questions, including:
- Would you want surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy?
- Should you receive dialysis or other medical treatments?
- Would you want "heroic measures" to resuscitate you?
- Do want to be kept alive on a ventilator if there is no medical hope of a cure or recovery?
- Would you want intravenous food and water, or pain medications for the last stage of life?
The more these details are spelled out, the less your family will be burdened with difficult decisions.
Our client-focused lawyer sits down with you to cover a wide range of scenarios so that you have peace of mind that you will be cared for according to your wishes. To arrange a consultation, including evenings or weekends by appointment, call The Law Office of Cathy Steele at 314-727-7551 or contact us online.