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Advance directive lawyer Albuquerque

An advance directive lawyer in Albuquerque can assure your end-of-life wishes are followed to the letter. From choices about life-sustaining interventions to who can speak on your behalf if you are incapacitated, an advance directive clearly states your intentions. Scott Atkinson has helped Albuquerque residents prepare advance directives for more than 30 years. He is experienced in New Mexico estate planning laws and will ensure your advance directive meets all legal requirements.

What is an advance directive?

The purpose of an advance directive is to outline your preferences for how healthcare is administered if you are unable to speak for yourself. It also designates a surrogate decisionmaker to ensure your wishes are followed. An advance directive is a legal document that outlines who is authorized to serve as your surrogate decisionmaker and your healthcare directives. This can include whether and under which circumstances you wish to receive life-sustaining medical interventions like life support.

What are the types of advance directives?

Advance directives fall into one of three categories.

  • Living will. Living wills are legal written documents that specify what types of medical interventions and treatments you desire if you are incapacitated and unable to deliver instructions verbally. The directives can be detailed or generalized. An example of one of the most common statements in a living will is: “If I suffer from an incurable or irreversible condition that is determined to be fatal by my healthcare provider, I direct that life-sustaining measures be withheld or discontinued.” Your advance directive lawyer can narrow down the language that is important for you to include in your living will.
  • Durable power of attorney. This is a type of power of attorney that gives a surrogate decisionmaker the power to carry out your wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself. A durable power of attorney also provides access to make bank transactions and assist with other financial needs while you are incapacitated. A durable power of attorney is only in effect while you are unable to care for yourself. The person does not retain control over you or your finances once you can speak for yourself.
  • Health care proxy. If you are unable to make your own healthcare decisions, a health care proxy can make those choices on your behalf. A health care proxy is a legal document that designates the person you have chosen to represent your right to refuse or request medical treatment if you cannot communicate your choices.

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Why do you need an advance directive lawyer?

Advance directives must meet certain requirements to be legal in Albuquerque NM. Working with an advance directive lawyer ensures you are meeting all mandates so that your wishes are upheld should you ever be unable to communicate your wishes about how healthcare is administered.

Consult with expert advance directive lawyers in Albuquerque

Scott Atkinson has a deep understanding of estate planning law in New Mexico. His expertise in advance directives makes him a wise choice when you are ready to consult with an advance directive attorney in Albuquerque. Atkinson Law Firm provides a free consultation for clients to discuss their advance directive needs. Reach out to us today to schedule your no-obligation session.

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