Personalized Healthcare Proxy
It is important to have a Healthcare Proxy document rather than to rely on the generic forms available at hospitals so that you can not only appoint a particular person, but also provide detailed instructions or guidance as to the medical decision-making. Having a separate document tailored to your needs allows you to:
- appoint alternate Healthcare Proxies
- indicate the circumstances under which you want certain medicines or life-saving treatments
- specify your desired form of burial
- dictate any other special instructions or wishes.
If certain powers are not expressly detailed, your caregivers may still find themselves in a Massachusetts Probate court seeking authority under a guardianship petition.
A Living Will is commonly created at the same time as a Healthcare Proxy. A Living Will is created to establish your specific wishes as to life-prolonging treatments in the event of a terminal illness. A Healthcare Proxy and a Living Will go hand in hand to provide better security for your plans for the future. Read about Living Wills