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Advanced Directives

Ensuring Your Future Healthcare Wishes in Alaska

At Shortell Law LLC, we understand the importance of planning for the future, especially when it comes to your healthcare decisions. Advanced directives are legal documents that allow you to express your preferences and make important healthcare choices in advance.

Understanding Advanced Directives in Alaska

Advanced directives are legal documents that allow individuals to express their healthcare preferences and make important medical decisions in advance. There directives serve as legally binding instructions for healthcare providers, ensuring that your wishes are respected and followed, even if you are unable to communicate them yourself.

Types of Advanced Directives Available

In Alaska, there are several types of advanced directives available, including:
1. Living Wills: A living will is a document that outlines your preferences regarding medical treatment in the event that you become incapacitated or unable to communicate. It allows you to specify whether you want life-sustaining treatments, such as artificial respiration or tube feeding, to be administered or withheld.
2. Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare: This document allows you to appoint a trusted individual, known as a healthcare proxy or agent, if you are unable to do so. Your appointed agent will have the authority to communicate with healthcare providers and advocate for your medical preferences.
3. Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders: A DNR order is a directive that instructs healthcare providers not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest. This directive is typically used by individuals who do not wish to undergo aggressive life-saving measures.

The Importance of Creating Advanced Directives

It is important to note that advanced directives are not just for the elderly or those with serious illnesses. They are for anyone who wants to have a say in their future medical care and ensure that their healthcare wishes are respected. By creating advanced directives in Alaska, you can have peace of mind knowing that your preferences will guide your medical treatment, even if you are unable to communicate them yourself.

How Shortell Law LLC Can Help

At Shortell Law LLC, we believe in empowering individuals to plan for their healthcare future through advanced directives. By understanding the significance of these legal documents, exploring the various types available, and seeking the guidance of our experienced Alaska law firm, you can ensure that your healthcare wishes are respected and followed. Don't leave your medical decisions to chance – take control of your future healthcare today with advanced directives. Contact us to schedule a consultation and let us assist you in creating a comprehensive plan that aligns with your values and preferences.  Call (907)272-8181 today or complete the following contact form.
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