5 March 2012 0 Comments

What is an Advanced Medical Directive?

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An Advanced Medical Directive states your preferences for medical care in the event of a terminal illness or a permanent coma.  It legally bounds your healthcare provider to abide by your wishes.

With an Advanced Medical Directive you can appoint someone who will make sure your wishes are met, specify that you do not want your life prolonged, or specify what medical treatments you do want.

California law states that you must be at least 18 years old to create such a document.  In addition, you must be legally competent and understand what the document means and how it works.  

If you have any questions regarding an Advanced Medical Directive, contact a Riverside Family Law attorney who can help you determine if this should be part of your estate plan.

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