Ensuring Your Medical And Financial Wishes Are Carried Out
A comprehensive estate plan should include a will as well as a health care proxy and a durable power of attorney that communicate your wishes regarding your medical care and finances should you become incapacitated.
At The Law Office of Michael F. Cuddy, we will help you create these documents to ensure that your wishes are carried out if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. For more than 30 years, from our office in Dedham, we have helped clients throughout Massachusetts protect their interests and rights with health care proxies and powers of attorney.
Health Care Proxy
A health care proxy is a medical directive that states the health care decisions you would like made if you are no longer able to communicate them on your own. A health care proxy can include a do not resuscitate (DNR) order or other instructions regarding medical care. It also names a person, called a health care agent, who will step in and make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so on your own.
Durable Power Of Attorney
A durable power of attorney allows a person you trust to manage your financial affairs and make decisions for you should you become incapacitated or terminally ill. Without a durable power of attorney in place, a loved one will have to go to court to become your guardian or conservator before he or she is able to act on your behalf, which is often costly and time-consuming.
If you take the time now to create a health care proxy and a power of attorney, you may avoid having to put your loved ones through the hardship of obtaining a conservatorship. Our lawyers will help you craft documents that plan for your future and give your loved ones the peace of mind that comes with knowing your wishes.