Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More Than Financial Duties

Meg has been managing her father’s money since his mountain climbing accident left him unable to do it himself.  But under her order of guardianship for him, Meg does more than mind his finances.  She also makes uniquely personal decisions for him.

She makes all of his medical care decisions, such as whether there should be a Do Not Resuscitate order if he is in the hospital, whether he should change his doctor, whether he should go to Mayo Clinic, whether brain surgery is a good option and myriad other decisions, both daily and rare.

Meg also has access to all his medical records, past and present, and the right to hear his doctor’s advice.  Importantly, Meg also would make any decision about whether Wes should sue the doctor who failed to take action to relieve the pressure on his brain upon his admission to the hospital immediately after his climbing fall.

Complicated decisions can be partly simplified for the person who may later have to speak for you - if you give good guidance through a legal, written plan while you are still able to give some directions in advance.

For help making such advance directions workable, both legally and practically, call our office at (815) 436-1996 for an appointment.

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