April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day: Tell Someone Your Most Personal Wishes for Medical Care

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April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day, which encourages local residents to have open conversations with their loved ones about their most personal wishes for health care, including thoughts on life support, feeding tubes, organ donation, long-term care and what is “qualify of life”.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (03/30/2012)-  April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day, which encourages local residents to have tough conversations with their loved ones about their most personal wishes for medical care. 

These conversations include wishes and preferences about life support, feeding tubes, organ donation and what you consider to be “quality of life” in the event of a long-term incapacity. 

According Steve Worrall, an estate planning attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, these conversations may be hard to have, but it’s the only way to make sure your wishes are honored and that your loved one’s stay together in a medical emergency. 

“I’ve seen many families torn apart trying to figure out what their loved one ‘would have wanted’ during a medical crisis,” says Worrall.  “In some cases, families even spend years battling in court for control, much like Terri Shiavo’s family did,” he adds. 

Worrall says strife over health care decisions can be avoided by letting someone know your wishes and clearly documenting them.   He says that legal tools such as a Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and HIPAA forms are easy ways to let doctors and family members know how to manage your care if the unthinkable happens. 

“Medical crises can be emotional, and the only way to guarantee your wishes are honored and that your family stays together is to let everyone know exactly what you want and who you trust to make those decisions. It will make life easier for everyone in a true emergency,” says Worrall. 

For more information on documenting your personal health care wishes or about National Health Care Decisions Day, please visit Worrall’s website (www.georgiafamilylaw.com) or the National Health Care Decisions Day website (http://www.nhdd.org/). 

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A Parent Sanity Protection Kit For Georgia Parents of Graduating Seniors

Georgia Parents of Graduating Seniors:

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Did you know…

Now that your graduating senior is “legally” an adult, you can no longer make important medical or financial decisions on his or her behalf?

UNLESS you have these 3 things in place…… (see below to discover how EASY it is to legally intervene if your child is injured or otherwise unable to speak on his or her behalf!)

Your graduating senior may still be your baby, but in the eyes of the law he or she is now an ADULT!

That means you can no longer make important medical or financial decisions for your child without their permission.

But let’s face it….your job of being a PARENT doesn’t stop just because your child turns 18.  If there’s a medical emergency or your child asks for financial help, you NEED the ability to cut through the legal red tape and get involved.

FACT: Doctors, hospitals or financial institutions will NOT bend the rules on this! It’s against privacy laws.  You must have 3 KEY DOCUMENTS in place to make important medical or financial decisions on your child’s behalf (just imagine the nightmare of your child getting hurt hundreds of miles away at school and the hospital refuses to give you so much as a status update!).

I call these 3 key documents the Parent Sanity Protection Kit, as they give you the legal permission you need to HELP your child and avoid more gray at the same time!

  • Advance Health Care Directive

  • Financial Power of Attorney

  • HIPAA Forms

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To ensure your child is protected before the summer or college starts, you can now receive this critical Parent Sanity Protection Kit  just $350 when you call 770.425.6060 and schedule your appointment by June 30th.

P.S. – Graduation Gift for YOU, too, Moms and dads:  Mention this blog post and receive a FREE Georgia Family Treasures Planning Session (normally $750) to go over YOUR will, trust or other legal documents!  Having an “adult” child is a huge life-change for mom or dad too and your estate planning documents must be updated accordingly!