In the event of a medical emergency that incapacitates you, it’s essential to have advanced medical directives that clearly state what medical actions you want taken to save your life. These documents, such as a living will and a HIPAA release form, are the most important legal documents doctors need in a medical emergency.
Yet according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 70 percent of the time these documents are not available.
At Preston Estate Planning, we help our clients complete all of the necessary advanced medical directives they need. But more importantly, we provide them with a medical access card that allows hospital workers and physicians to access these documents on the Internet at any time of the day or night.
The three crucial documents that Preston Estate Planning recommends its clients update and keep on file in case of a medical emergency are as follows:
Financial Power of Attorney: This document allows a person to sign financial documents and checks on your behalf, pay bills and access bank accounts that are not part of your trust and therefore not under the control of your trust.
Advanced Healthcare Directive: This document states what measures you would like doctors to take in order to save or maintain your life. In this document you can appoint someone else to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated.
HIPAA Release: The federal HIPAA laws require health care facilities and professionals to safeguard your personal health information. A HIPAA release allows you to designate in advance who is authorized to receive information about your health and your medical care.
Since these documents are seldom carried with you, we provide a medical access card, which fits in your wallet. This provides medical personnel immediate access to your important legal medical directives. It can also provide them with access to your list of medications, your emergency contact information, allergy information or current medical conditions.
Preston Estate Planning provides all of its clients with a medical access card once they have completed the necessary legal documents. It is an essential part of our firm’s comprehensive estate plan package, which aims to protect you, your assets and your loved ones for the rest of your life and long after your death.
To learn more about advanced healthcare directives and medical access cards call (800) 698-6198.