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Advanced Directives

The Purpose of the Advance Directive

If you are a young, healthy person, do you need an advance directive? If you are in poor health, do you need an advance directive? If you’ve had open discussions with your loved ones about your preferred health care decisions, do you need an advance directive? The answers are simple, and the answers to all the above questions are the same: YES. Unless you have signed an advance directive to protect yourself if you are ever unable to make your own health care decisions, you are at risk. The advance directive, sometimes referred to as a durable power of attorney for...

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Advanced Directives

I had a conversation with a potential client last week regarding the issue of Advanced Directives. Specifically, the potential client was telling me that he can make his intentions known through his Will, so my services would not be needed. As much as I tried to explain that it does not quite work like that, the potential client would not accept the reality of the situation. Then the Miami Hospital staff was confronted with a very unique circumstance when someone had tattooed their intentions on their chest!!  Unfortunately that is NOT the proper method of having Advanced Directives, and thus the...

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