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Advance Health Care Directive
An Advance Health Care Directive is California's Health Care Power of Attorney. With this document you can name someone to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself.
My document provides a clear test for determining whether removal of life support is appropriate. The most difficult and stressful decision your loved one will have to make is whether to "pull the plug" on your life support machines. Back in the early 1990s, My father, John L. Miller, God rest his soul, with the help of a physician, drafted specific instructions to ensure "life support" machines were removed at the correct time. The test will give comfort to your loved ones who have to make that decision. They will know they did the right thing at the right time and will have evidence that their decision was the correct one.
The document I provide also contains a clause regarding "pain relief". Doctors can be reluctant to provide enough pain medicine because they fear being sued by the family if something goes wrong. My Advance Health Care Directive will provide doctors with the assurance they need that regardless of the outcome of providing pain medicine, they have permission to provide it from the patient.
A Durable Financial Power of Attorney allows you to name someone to make financial decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. The document gives your "Attorney-in-Fact" the ability to sign your name. This document is essential to a complete estate plan.