What is a healthcare power of attorney?

In Michigan, a healthcare power of attorney is a legal document that provides instructions to healthcare providers on what you want to happen when you can no longer make decisions for yourself.  These powers of attorney designate another person to make medical decisions for you.  You could also have specific instructions such as requiring treatment if two medical providers recommend it.  Another option is to decide when treatment should be ended.  For instance, if you are against life sustaining treatment like respirators or other machines, then you can elect to not have that treatment.

Healthcare powers of attorney are an important part of estate and life planning in Michigan.  It is a good idea to decide what happens before you don’t have many options.  I draft healthcare powers of attorney for many families in Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Jackson, Manchester, Milan, Brighton, Howell, Fowlerville, Plymouth, as well as anywhere near Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, and Livingston Counties.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a complimentary consultation.