AN ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE IS A VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT. EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ESTATE PLAN, YOU SHOULD HAVE AN AHCD.

Think back and remember those tough situations you heard about on the news regarding right-to-die cases (i.e. Terri Schiavo). Or all those movies you may have watched which made you wonder what you would like done if you were in that situation.

 

Most people relate the need for an ACHD with old age or an illness. However, think about these other situations as well: 

 

  • Accidents:

    • snowboard, skiing, cycling, motorcycle, wakeboarding, surfing, sporting, horseback-riding etc.

  • Unforeseen Health issue:

    • heart attack, stroke, flu complications

  • Natural Disasters:

    • Fire, earthquakes, floods.

 

What happens if you do not have an AHCD?

 

 Without an AHCD, a person could be subject to a conservatorship proceeding that seeks court authorization to make critical health decisions in the event of incapacity. Such proceedings are often expensive and time-consuming and can be an affront to the client’s dignity.

 

What does an ACHD do?

 

With an AHCD, you can make critical health decisions ahead of time, while you are still able to make and articulate those decisions. An AHCD usually includes both the designation of an agent (one you have chosen to make decisions) and health care instructions.

How about after I die? What Can it do?

 

 An AHCD can be used to carry out some of your wishes after you die. This includes how to dispose the remains:

 

  • whether the body should be buried and, if so, where;

  • whether it should be cremated and how the desired disposition of the remains should be carried out;

  • whether there should be a memorial service and, if so, what kind of service; 

  • authorize an autopsy;

  • and to donate all or part of the principal’s body for transplant, education, or research purposes.

 

 

 

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Plan ahead and call Menifee Estate Planning  Attorney Kris Crawford today (951) 229-0757

You can register your AHCD with the Ca Secretary of State

 

The Secretary of State maintains the Advance Health Care Directive Registry as required by Probate Code section 4800 which allows a person who has executed an advance health care directive to register information regarding the directive with the Secretary of State. This information is made available upon request to the registrant's health care provider, public guardian, or legal representative. A request for information must state the need for the information. Click here for more details.

 

Within 24 hours of a patient’s arrival in an emergency room, a hospital must make reasonable efforts to contact the patient’s agent or family member. Reasonable efforts include contacting the Secretary of State to inquire whether a patient has registered with the state registry if the hospital finds evidence of a registry identification card

 

You can register your AHCD with a private registry service

 

DocuBank, a private registry service available 24 hours a day, can be contacted at (866) 362-8226 or http://www.docubank.com. DocuBank stores copies of each member’s health care directives in its document bank. The member receives a wallet card containing his or her emergency contact information, attorney’s name, and instructions to call 1–800-DOCUBANK. Members can also include critical medical information on the card. When hospital staff calls the 800 number, DocuBank immediately faxes them a copy of the advance directive. DocuBank contacts each member annually to confirm that the documents are still current and to update the contact information for agents and providers. It charges a yearly membership fee for this service

 

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