The Finer Details of a Nebraska Health Care Directive
Establishing which medical treatments you would or wouldn't want to receive if you were incapacitated can take the burden off your family members. You can accomplish that by completing a health care advance directive. This guide will give you essential information on creating a Nebraska health care directive. You will also discover how to draft this document in less than five minutes using DoNotPay!
An advance health care directive is a legal document in which you state your medical care preferences if you become incapacitated. Nebraska recognizes two major types of advance directives:
- Nebraska living will
- Power of attorney for health care
A living will allows you to define the kind of medical treatment you want or don't want to receive if you are permanently unconscious and can't communicate your wishes. Such types of medical treatment include:
- Tube feeding
- Organ transplants
- Pain-relief treatments
The cost of drafting a living will varies depending on the method you choose. An attorney is the most expensive option, while online templates are typically free. If you opt for online forms, you will have to alter them according to your preferences and state laws.
A power of attorney for health care is also known as a:
A health care proxy should not be confused with a general power of attorney—the latter serves for managing estate and financial affairs.
Nebraska power of attorney for health care is a legal document in which you can designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. The person you appoint is called an agent (also known as an attorney-in-fact, surrogate, or proxy). In Nebraska, you can choose anyone over the age of 18 and of sound mind to be your agent, except:
- Owner or employee of a healthcare facility you are in—unless the individual is your relative
- Person serving as a proxy for ten or more people
You can appoint one person as a primary agent and also name an alternate agent. The latter will take over if the primary agent is unable or unwilling to assume their duties. You can indicate the decisions you would like the agent to make on your behalf in the document.
Here are the requirements for executing a lawful health care directive in Nebraska:
|Living Will||Health Care Power of Attorney|
|A Nebraska living will form must be signed in the presence of a notary or two witnesses who cannot be your:
||The document can be witnessed by a notary public or two adults, neither of whom can be your:
Nebraska law doesn't specify the decisions your agents can make on your behalf. The agent can decide on various health care aspects depending on the authority you grant them, for instance:
- Consenting to hospital admission
- Initiating a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order
- Authorizing the use of a breathing machine or artificial feeding
- Consenting to life-sustaining treatments
- Consenting to organ donation upon your death
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- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Find the Advance Health Care Directive
- Answer our chatbot's question
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