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Health Care Proxies/ Living Wills

A living will is the common term for a document in which a person expresses the types of health care treatment the person would or would not consent to in the event they were not able to make or convey those choices. A living will is not binding in Massachusetts.  Rob McCarthy Law. http://www.robmccarthylaw.comWhat is a living will? A living will is the common term for a document in which a person expresses the types of health care treatment the person would or would not consent to in the event they were not able to make or convey those choices.

Is a living will binding in Massachusetts?  A living will is not binding in Massachusetts. Massachusetts does not have a law necessitating hospitals or health care providers to comply with the directions included in a living will. But a living will can give useful direction to a health care provider or court that is trying to make a health care choice on a person’s behalf.

Why is a living will important?  A living will may be important as it can provide direction and decrease confusion during a challenging medical emergency by spelling out a person’s wishes on the utilization of feeding tubes and treatments that might be needed to prolong a person’s life. A living will might have the beneficial effect of comforting loved ones and reduce the chances of division among family members over whether medical procedures should or should not be taken.

A health care proxy is a document that allows an appointed health care agent to make medical decisions for an incapacitated person. Attorney Rob McCarthy, Jr. http://www.robmccarthylaw.com

Massachusetts does have a law regarding health care proxies. A health care proxy is a document that allows an appointed health care agent to make medical decisions for an incapacitated person. Although a living will and a health care proxy are similar there are important differences that can be explored with a licensed attorney.

Please contact Attorney Rob McCarthy to schedule a consultation regarding any matter concerning a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy and Living Will.

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