Advance Directive in California—When and How To Make It
Unfortunate events, such as difficult medical conditions, can happen unexpectedly. The best way to deal with them if they occur and have more peace of mind is to prepare properly. You can achieve this by creating an advance directive in time.
In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about making an advance directive in California. We’ll also explain how you can create this document without trouble if you sign up for DoNotPay.
A health care directive enables you to outline your wishes and instructions regarding specific medical procedures (refuse or require certain treatments) for when you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. It is used in situations when you are seriously ill or injured.
In California, this document is also referred to as a personal directive, medical directive, or advance decision.
California advance health care directives consist of four parts. In the following table, you can find more details on each:
|Power of attorney for health care||
|Organ donation||Allows you to express your wishes about whether you want to donate your organs, tissues, and body parts or not|
|Designation of a physician||Enables you to appoint a physician who will have the primary responsibility for your medical care|
If you decide to draw up a medical POA in California, you should know who you can appoint as your agent according to state laws. This person cannot be:
- Your supervising health care provider
- The operator of a facility where you are receiving medical care
- An employee of a health care institution where you are receiving care
You can draw up an advance directive by:
- Hiring a lawyer
- Customizing advance directive forms
- Registering for DoNotPay
Keep in mind that a lawyer will charge you sky-high fees, while online forms won’t be sufficient if you lack legal knowledge. With DoNotPay’s help, you will save both time and money and get an airtight legal document. Here is everything you need to do:
- Access DoNotPay
- Find our Advance Health Care Directive product
- Appoint a health care agent and choose the power you want to transfer to them
- Enter the relevant medical information (your hospital, doctor, etc.)
- Your health care provider or their employee
- The operator or an employee of a community care facility you’re being treated at
- Your health care agent
- Related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption
- Entitled to any portion of your estate
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