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John J. Standifer Jr. Attorney at Law
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Remind Your Adult Children . . .
You have your will and powers of attorney in place - in fact, your children made sure you took care of those legal housekeeping chores. But have your adult children thought about protecting themselves as well? Does your adult son or daughter have the power of attorney they might need in a health emergency? The law offices of John Standifer Jr. can provide common sense guidance to help protect clients at any age.
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If you think a power of attorney for health care is only for old folks – you might want to think again.
Anyone over 18 years of age needs a healthcare power of attorney. Because you never know when a health care emergency is going to occur.
Many attorneys can tell you stories of parents who found themselves involved in a legal battle over health care for a 20 something son or daughter.
When an adult child is hospitalized with serious injuries, unforeseen problems can occur. For example, doctors may not even be able to talk to the parents. And if life and death decisions must be made, hospitals may not be able to take those parental wishes into consideration.
Situations like this can quickly escalate into nasty court cases. On the other hand, a medical power of attorney takes care of the problem before it ever occurs.
A health care power of attorney is a simple document through which you name someone who will make day to day health care decisions for you if you are unable to make those decisions yourself.
In Arizona, rules governing the healthcare power of attorney are fairly simple. The person named as power of attorney for healthcare must be at least 18 years old.
In addition, that person should be someone who knows you well. You want that person to know what you would be likely to do in any given medical situation.
You may want to choose a health care power of attorney who lives nearby or can travel to deal with a serious medical situation if it should occur. Most people also look for someone who is mature and displays good judgment.
Many young people find it simple and logical to appoint a parent as their power of attorney for health care.
Of course, none of us wants to think about needing someone to make health related decisions on our behalf. But it does happen, even for people under 30 years of age. You can make sure the right person is making those decisions for you.
The law office of John Standifer can help you draw up a power of attorney for healthcare that will be legal in Arizona. Contact us today.