Medical Advance Directives in Maryland
While it’s not required to have an advance directive in place, it’s beneficial to start planning for unexpected situations before they occur. No one wants to find themselves in a medical situation where you can’t make decisions for yourself. But with an advance directive, you can have peace of mind. By planning ahead, you can get the medical care you want, avoid unnecessary suffering and relieve caregivers of decision-making burdens during moments of crisis or grief.
To get stated planning your advance directive, call the attorneys of Hammond and Associates at 301-861-4555. We would love to help you plan for your future!
What Is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a legal document for an adult of any age to better plan for future health care needs. It is the legal document you prepare after discussing, deciding, and putting into writing your choices for treatment, care, and appointing a health care decision maker for care in the event you are not able to make medical decisions for yourself.
Should you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to make medical decision for yourself in the moment, your doctor can look to your advance directive to find out what medical decisions you would like made. An example of this would be if you were in a coma—you’d be unable to voice your opinion on the matter, but with an advance directive in place, you get to decide what happens.
If you’d like to discuss advance directives with an expert, contact Hammond and Associates today. We have been helping your Maryland neighbors with their advance directives for years. Let us help you next!
What Happens If I Don’t File an Advance Directive?
If you don’t have an advance directive and find yourself in an unexpected medical situation, your next of kin will make health care decisions for you. However, having an advance directive in place will make things easier on your loved ones by preventing misunderstandings and disagreements about how you should be cared for.
Elder Law Attorneys Assisting with Advance Directives in Maryland
Reach out to the elder law attorneys at Hammond and Associates to guard your family against unexpected crises. When a medical situation arises, many Maryland residents become overwhelmed. With an advanced directive, you and your loved ones can minimize the stress brought on from a traumatic event—and Hammond and Associates is more than happy to help you the advance directive process. Our attorneys have assisted elder law clients with power of attorney and wills and trust planning throughout Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, and the surrounding areas.
Contact us online or call us at 301-861-4555 and we can discuss the benefits of an advance directive. We want to help you protect your loved ones in Maryland!