The California Probate Code covers the requirements and process for executing an Advance Health Care Directive, sometimes referred to as a health care power of attorney. Through this document, it is possible for a person, as principal, to appoint an agent to make health care decisions on his or her behalf. If the principal becomes incapacitated, the agent steps into his or her shoes to manage medical procedures, treatment, and related care. In addition, the statute enables the principle to:
Provide specific instructions regarding certain medical issues, such as end-of-life care and pain relief;
Designate his or her wishes regarding donation of organs; and,
Identify a physician who has primary responsibility for medical care.
By preparing an Advance Health Care Directive, the principal gives the agent decision making authority via the document rather than the court process. There are certain requirements involved with the execution process, specifically with respect to having individuals observe and sign as witnesses.
For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/finance-experts-warn-66-of-californians-dont-have-a-key-estate-planning-document-1271305.htm