Advanced Directives

Directing your health wishes in advance, before you become sick

When you obtain an Estate Planning Portfolio from the Law Office of Lori Vella, you are armed with essential documents (advanced directives) to prepare for your future and honor your wishes.  These documents keep you well taken care of if anything happens. 

Advanced Directives are documents created when you are healthy so that you may provide your own directions of how you want to be treated if you become unable to make these decisions in the future.  These documents help others to make financial decisions for you also, if you are unable.

Not only are these documents important to ensure your wishes are carried out, but as to the health documents, they help your family make very difficult decisions on your behalf.  Have you ever thought how hard it would be to decide to end another’s life and stop a feeding tube?  Please do not leave this decision to your loved ones.  Conflicts may arise and your family will feel discomfort having to decide to end a your life.

Useful Documents

Documents to help your loved ones care for you

Durable Power of Attorney

This is a vitally important document that allows another to make financial decisions for you, if you cannot. 

Living Will

When you do not want your life artificially continued you make your wishes known so your family isn't forced to make this heart-wrenching choice.

Healthcare Surrogate

Allowing another to receive and make healthcare decisions when you cannot, to ensure your desires as to treatments/care are met.

Preneed Guardian

If a guardian must ever be appointed over you, you state in advance your choice to avoid a court-appointed person making decisions for you.

DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)

A DNR is a request to not have CPR if your heart stops or if you stop breathing.  We do not draft "DNR's" but you may create your own form at home.  

Dementia Directive

State how you would like to be treated in terms of receiving a feeding tube, being fed by hand, and standard of care in the event of dementia.

HIPAA Waiver

Waiver for your doctors so they may freely share your medical information with your chosen list of family, friends, clergy, neighbors and loved ones.

Preneed Guardian

If a guardian must ever be appointed over you, you state in advance your choice to avoid a court-appointed person making decisions for you.

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