Understanding the Georgia Advance Directive
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Take Charge of Your Health With a Georgia Advance Healthcare Directive
Discover the ins and outs of a Georgia Advance Directive. Learn how to secure your healthcare decisions and why Perigon Legal Services is your go-to for estate planning.
Generally, every adult has the right to manage their healthcare and make decisions about the type of treatment they get when they are ill.
However, there are situations when a person’s health condition is so grave that they are unable to communicate or make medical decisions. In such times, it would fall on the person’s loved ones, who may be dealing with the difficulties of the person’s situation, to make such decisions. Their decisions, even though made out of love, may not truly be the sick person’s desire for their future.
A Georgia advance directive is a legal document that allows people who wish to avoid such scenarios to specify the kind of medical care and treatment preferences they want to receive if they become incapable of communicating or making decisions for themselves.
If you are particular about what happens to you if you get terminally ill or incapacitated, or you have strong feelings about issues like organ or body donation after death, or you’d love to save your loved ones, the stress of making difficult decisions about your health you would likely benefit from having an advance directive prepared.
In this guide, you’ll learn the basics of Georgia advance directives and how an experienced estate planning attorney in Marietta, GA, from Perigon Legal Services, can help you execute your plans.
How a Georgia Advance Directive Can Help You Communicate Your Healthcare Wishes
Legal Requirements for Advance Directives in Georgia
How To Create a Georgia Advance Directive
To create a Georgia advance directive, you need to complete the prescribed form, which comprises four parts:
Part One: This is where you can appoint a healthcare agent, someone you trust, to make healthcare decisions on your behalf when needed.
Part Two: In this part, you can state your treatment preferences that would apply if you are ever diagnosed with a terminal condition or become permanently unconscious. According to the law, the instructions you leave in this section would only kick in if you cannot communicate your wishes after reasonable and appropriate efforts have been made to communicate with you.
Part Three: Here, you can nominate someone to be your guardian if you ever need one.
Part Four: This is the signature part to be signed by you and your two witnesses.
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