What Are The Benefits Of A Health Care POA?

Gullberg, Box, Worby & Rogers LLC has helped Illinois families develop custom estate plans since 1990. We have the experience necessary to protect your family and your assets. A key aspect of an estate plan is a health care power of attorney, or POA. Below we included answers to some of our clients' most frequently asked questions. Our lawyers can explain how a health care POA can benefit your family.

What Is A Health Care POA?

A health care POA is a legal form that you can use to name someone to make health care decisions on your behalf. The person you name to make health care decisions on your behalf is known as your "agent" and has ultimate authority to make health care decisions for you, including the decision of when life-sustaining treatment should be given or withheld.

Why Do I Need A Health Care POA?

A health care POA allows you to name the person you want to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event that you cannot. Also, a health care POA allows you to direct the things your agent should take into account in making health care decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment.

In other words, if you prepare a health care POA and name — in advance — the person you want to speak for you and make health care decisions in the event you cannot, it is more likely that your health care will be managed the way you would wish in a situation where you are unable to communicate your desires yourself.

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If you are considering an estate plan, call our Illinois lawyers at 309-760-4022 for qualified legal guidance. You may also contact us online. We have offices in Peoria and Monmouth for your convenience.