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Throughout history, one lesson all the world’s tragedies have taught us is that life is uncertain. We never expect a catastrophic event to affect our health, but medical disasters are more common than many would like to believe. While planning a medical directive may not seem like the most cheerful of prospects, it is always best to be prepared.

An effective medical directive can protect your mental, emotional, and physical rights. This advance decision will ensure your individual and personal desires for healthcare are followed, even if you become incapacitated. If you are looking for advance medical directive attorneys in Alexandria, our lawyers at Tesfaye Law stand ready to defend your rights at a moment’s notice.

Call us today at (703) 454-8865 to talk to our team about our advance medical directive services.

Types of Advance Medical Directives

An Advance Medical Directive is a document that allows you to give health care instructions and preferences, as well as appointing an agent to make health care decisions if you become disabled or incapacitated.

There are two primary types of advance directives which you may consider, including:

  • The appointing of an agent or agents – In this scenario, you will be designating someone close to you, such as a spouse, a child, or even a friend. This person will have “power of attorney” and act as a “proxy” or “agent” to ensure your desired actions for health care decisions are carried out, even if you become unable to make these decisions for yourself. To avoid potential confusion, we recommend very specific language when you explain your needs to your agent.
  • A living will – This directive refers specifically to treatment used for prolonging your life if you have a terminal condition. Such a directive will inform medical staff whether you desire or do not desire certain treatments, even if you cannot express your wishes when the need arises.

Determining Your Need for an Advance Medical Directive

You may be uncertain whether you need an agent, a living will, or both. It is important to remember that, of the two types of directives, the power of attorney for health care covers a much broader range of your rights, letting you choose specific treatments, therapy plans, rehabilitation, and much more.

A living will, on the other hand, is more limited. It only applies to situations where you have already been diagnosed with a fatal diagnosis, and treatment will only extend your terminal condition. Therefore, the best option to protect all of your rights would be to execute both types.

Use Today to Prepare for the Future

It can seem like the future is very far away, particularly if you feel you are young, healthy, or do not have any serious medical history. However, no one can know what the future will look like, and a sudden emergency—from a car crash to contracting a severe virus—can turn the world upside down instantaneously. It is important to choose your agent of care and plan for action, so get in touch with our advance medical directive attorneys in Alexandria now, rather than waiting for chance to deal your fate.

Contact us now at (703) 454-8865 to see how our reliable lawyers at Tesfaye Law can help prepare you for whatever lies in your future.

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