Sam Walker Attorney & CPA
Advance Health Care Directive | Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
An "advance health care directive" (AHCD) or "advance directive" includes both an "individual health care instruction" and a durable power of attorney for health care (PAHC).
Prob C §4605. A PAHC is a written document designating an agent for health care decision making (formerly known as a "durable power of attorney for health care"). Prob C §4629.

An advance health care directive (AHCD) is a document that you use to specify what types of medical procedures you wish to occurr or forbid if you become unable to make such decisions for yourself. An advance health care directive (AHCD) is distinquishable from a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (PAHC) in that it does not delegate decision making authority to another person and rather is a decision made regarding certain medical procedures in advance. Both forms of health care planning are useful and can be incorporated into your estate plan.

An Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) is typically used when you want to specify if life support devices may be used by doctors in the event that you need support. A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (PAHC) delegates the decision to use life support to a person that you specify.

If you need an Advance Health Care Directive or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care should call an attorney to help explain the legal consequences of signing such documents. You may wish to conduct your estate planning at the same time. Please call for a consultation regarding how an Advance Health Care Directive or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care can work for you.
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