Health Care Power of Attorney

Estate Planning Attorneys in Charlotte

If you are incapacitated or incompetent as determined by a physician and cannot make your own health care decisions, who can make these decisions on your behalf (e.g., authorize medical procedures, hire/fire health care providers, get/release your medical information, place you in a health care facility, long-term facility, etc.)? Even if you’re currently healthy, it’s best to plan ahead take the proper preemptive measures in case you find yourself in need of a health care power of attorney in the Charlotte area.

Contact the law office of Weaver, Bennett & Bland at (704) 844-1400 to schedule a FREE 1 hour initial estate planning consultation with one of our experienced estate planning attorneys who can help you with either your North Carolina or South Carolina estate planning needs.

What is a health care power of attorney in North Carolina?

A health care power of attorney can place an order as to who can make health care decisions on your behalf, which is important if there are potential disagreements as to who will make these decisions on your behalf or if you want a loved one who is not recognized by law to have the ability to perhaps make these decisions on your behalf.  It can also ensure that someone has the ability to make most, if not all, health care decisions on your behalf including, but not limited to, the ability to withhold or withdraw life prolonging measures, authorize autopsy, deal with the disposition of your remains, etc.

Absent a health care power of attorney,  your family will have to go through a guardianship proceeding, which is time consuming and expensive, to make most medical decisions on your behalf to the extent that the law does not provide exceptions.  This document is very important in that it extends beyond your incapacity or incompetency, which can last for years.

A health care power of attorney is an inexpensive solution to avoid guardianship and to enable you to appoint a trusted individual or individuals to handle your health care decisions. The family law attorneys near Charlotte at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., can help you prepare a health care power of attorney.