Advance Medical Directive (AMD) Attorney Serving Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and the Twin Cities Metro Area
No one likes to consider becoming incapacitated due to illness or an accident, but these tragedies are always possible. When that arises, an Advance Medical Directive (AMD) will help your loved make informed decisions on your behalf. This will not only ensure your wishes are respected but will offer them some well-needed guidance during a tough time.
Parts of an AMD
The AMD is normally a two-part document. In the first part, you have the option of appointing a health care agent to make medical decisions when you are unable to do so as the result of a temporary or permanent incapacity. This covers everything from a situation where you are heavily medicated or recovering from surgery to illnesses like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The second part contains a “dying declaration” to your family and physician. Here, you have the option of telling physicians and family members whether you wish to die by natural means or use life-sustaining artificial assistance if you are in a terminal or vegetative condition. This helps your health care agent and your loved ones with difficult decisions that can often tie them up for days, if not longer. Although this second part of the AMD is optional, it is highly beneficial to your health care agent.
Call Ward Law, PLLC to Draft an AMD
Whether you face terminal illness now in the Twin Cities metro area or wish to plan for future contingencies, the Lakeville firm of Ward Law, PLLC can help you make those plans. Give my office a call at (612) 751-7519 to schedule an appointment.