Fouts Law Group, LLC provides advice on incapacity planning. Incapacity planning is necessary, regardless of your age, if you want to make certain you have control over the types of extraordinary medical care you will receive if you are seriously hurt or suddenly ill. Incapacity planning is also about much more than just making advanced medical decisions, and an experienced attorney can provide you with assistance in understanding what is involved in a comprehensive incapacity plan.
Whether you already have an incapacity plan in place or you have decided for the first time to take control of your destiny and create a plan, Fouts Law Group, LLC is here to help. Give us a call at (678) 242-8344 to find out how an Atlanta incapacity planning lawyer can provide personalized advice and to get answers to questions you may have including:
- Who should have an incapacity plan?
- What should be part of your incapacity plan?
- What can an Atlanta incapacity planning lawyer do for you?
Who Should Have an Incapacity Plan?
You should have an incapacity plan. If you do not have one, or if your plan is not up to date, you should take action right now to make certain you and your family are protected in case of a medical emergency. Tragic events happen every day, not just to older people but also to younger people as well. You could have an unexpected stroke or heart attack; fall victim to a serious illness; get hit by a car; or experience any number of tragedies.
Many of these serious accidents and unexpected illnesses could leave you unable to communicate your wishes if you are brought into a hospital. Doctors will not know whether to do CPR, to put you on a ventilator if you cannot breathe on your own, or to take other extraordinary measures to save your life. In far too many cases, medical professionals cannot ask the patient what to do under these circumstances because a patient isn’t able to communicate. If you don’t have an incapacity plan in place, you and your family face a complex situation.
If you survive an incapacitating incident but remain unable to make or communicate decisions, then questions may arise about where you should live, what should happen to your property, who should manage your assets, and who should make day-to-day decisions on your behalf. Again, if there is no advanced plan, you and your family are going to be in a very bad situation.
While you may not like to think about getting rushed to the hospital in an emergency or living life and being unable to act on your own accord, you need to consider these things. Fouts Law Group, LLC can help. Whatever your age, we will assist you in creating an updated incapacity plan that reflects your wishes and that protects you and your loved ones in case of incapacity.
What Should be Part of Your Incapacity Plan?
Your incapacity plan should include instructions for medical care; for management of assets; and for authority to make decisions on your behalf. The tools generally used to ensure you have expressed your preferences on important issues that arise in case of incapacity include:
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Financial Power of Attorney
- HIPAA Release
You can name an agent to act on your behalf, manage your assets, and make medical decisions. You can also make clear in advance what your wishes are regarding medical care by using a health care power of attorney. The creation of trusts is helpful for giving someone immediate authority to manage your assets, and can also be useful in protecting your assets from being lost in case your incapacitating condition results in a need for nursing home care. An experienced attorney can provide you with advice on other components of your incapacity plan to ensure you are prepared even if tragedy strikes.
What Can an Atlanta Incapacity Planning Lawyer Do For You?
Fouts Law Group, LLC is here and ready to help with your incapacity plan. To find out more about how an Atlanta incapacity planning lawyer can assist you, give us a call at (678) 242-8344 or contact us online. Our legal team will discuss your plans for the future, your wishes in case of incapacity, and the ways in which you want to maintain autonomy and protect your family even if something happens to you. We’ll also help with the strategic and appropriate use of incapacity planning tools like trusts and power of attorney. Give us a call now to find out more!