Basics on the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care
I get a lot of questions from people about what kind of health care documents they need. In the past they may have executed both a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care, or they may have read online that they need a living will and a health care proxy. In Georgia, those documents have been replaced with one document – the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care. Here are some things you need to know about the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care:
- It names people who can make health care decisions for you if you can’t for yourself. That person, the health care agent, also may be chosen to make decisions about an autopsy, organ donation, body donation, and final disposition of your body.
- It allows you to state your wishes on life support if you have a terminal illness or an irreversible coma.
- It allows you to select a person who could serve as your guardian in the event the court ever had to appoint a guardian for you.
- It can act as a HIPAA waiver – that is, it will allow your health care agent to have the same access to your private medical records that you have.
- It allows your health care agent to accompany you in an ambulance or to visit with you while you are in a hospital or other health care facility.
- It allows your health care agent to carry out your life support wishes.
I like the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care form. It simplifies the planning process by using only one health care form, and it’s fairly easy to understand. If you have questions about the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, call me, Sarah White, Marietta estate planning attorney, at 678-453-6490 today.