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Crucial Distinctions: Massachusetts Medical Power of Attorney and the Living Will

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Many believe the living will and healthcare power of attorney are two titles with the same meaning. Learn more about Massachusetts medical power of attorney in this presentation.

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Crucial Distinctions: Massachusetts Medical Power of Attorney and the Living Will

  1. 1. - _ CRUCIAL Massachusetts Medical Power of Attorney and the Living Will
  2. 2. j: =“‘4.$; "?A; _jvDEBRUYCKERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES Many believe the living will and healthcare power of attorney are two titles with the same meaning
  3. 3. ;_: p’57;; i;)f4;: DEBRUYCKERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES While they both are related to healthcare decisions in an estate plan, they each serve a very specific purpose
  4. 4. ;_: “‘: :$; _'l‘; _jvDEBRUYCKE RE fa LAW OFFICES The one common denominator: both allow you to name someone you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf
  5. 5. :. §;’= ‘ 3-5.; D E B RUYC K “LAW OFFI . THE LIVING WILL
  6. 6. {W--_" -. _"f-’. «‘ f: f:jDEBRUYCKE RE ' ‘ LAW OFFICES These documents are designed to let your doctors and family know what kind of, if any, extraordinary measures should be used if there’s no hope for recovery
  7. 7. DE BRUYCK “LAW OFFI . MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
  8. 8. A medical power of attorney spells out your wishes if you are incapacitated due to an illness or injury
  9. 9. -43‘ DEBRUYCKE RE “LAW OFFICES This document allows you to name someone you trust to make those decisions on your behalf
  10. 10. -43‘ DEBRUYCKE RE “LAW OFFICES The living will is quite specific and allows you to provide detailed instructions on matters such as do not resuscitate orders
  11. 11. -, _:p’-'§’; i;_‘?4;_: .I3EI5RUYCI<ERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES The medical power of attorney is a bit more broad since we never know when a non life threatening accident or illness strikes
  12. 12. ;_: “‘= .$; l‘; _jvDEBRUYCKERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES Your chosen agent will be able to speak on your behalf
  13. 13. {W--_" -. "f-’. «‘ f: f:jDEBRUYCKE RE ' ‘ LAW OFFICES Many clients have both documents and in fact, as estate planning attorneys, we encourage clients to consider adding both for a more detailed and balanced estate plan
  14. 14. ;_: ,“= .$; "l‘; _jvDEBRUYCKERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES You may name the same person for both documents, though many people are concerned about the emotional burden for a spouse who must make hard decisions associated with a living will
  15. 15. j: =,“= .$; l‘; _jvDEBRUYCKERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES This is why many prefer to name different people
  16. 16. j: =,“= .$; l‘; _jvDEBRUYCKERE ‘fa LAW OFFICES Trustworthiness is the priority, so choose carefully
  17. 17. ;_: ,“: :4;_'l‘; _jvDEBRUYCKE RE fa LAW OFFICES These are important elements of a complete estate plan
  18. 18. {W--_" -. "f-’. «‘ f: f:jDEBRUYCKE RE ' I LAW OFFICES If you would like to discuss these options further or wish to begin or update your estate plan, the estate planning lawyers at DeBruyckere Law Offices, PC stand ready to help you achieve your goals
  19. 19. 7/» ‘j l I l‘ Contact Debruyckere Law Offices to leam more about these and other estate planning tools
  20. 20. Want to Know More? BEVERLY 100 Cummings Center, Suite 307—G Beverty, MA 01915 Phone: (978) 9690331 Fax’ (603) 216-2748 Google Map Yahoo Map Click to visit www. dadlawoffices. com NORTH ANDOVER 231 Sutton St. Suite 1B North Andover, MA 01845 Phone: (978) 686-4645 Fax: (603) 2162748 Google Map Yahoo Map NASHUA 20 Trafalgar Sq, Suite 443 Nashua, NH 03063 Phone: (603)894<1141 Fax: (603) 2162748 Google Map Yahoo Map LONDONDERRY One Verani Way Londonderry, NH 03053 Phone; (603)894-4141 Fax: (603)216-2748 Google Map Yahoo Map

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