July 01, 2001

Advance Planning and Drafting for Health Care Decisions (2001, 15:04)

Advance Planning and Drafting for Health Care Decisions

Probate and Property, July/Aug 2001, Volume 15, Number 4

By Rebecca C. Morgan and Charles P. Sabatino

Effective health care advance planning requires two things: meaningful conversation and more meaningful conversation. Having a written and executed health care advance directive is not the goal of legal planning for health care. Instead, the goal is to define and communicate the client’s values and wishes about treatment to caregivers and surrogate decision makers in anticipation of the client’s losing the capacity to make health care decisions personally.

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