In case of unexpected events, our Gwinnett County estate planning attorneys can guide you in creating advance directives to ensure that you and your loved ones are protected.
Unexpected events can happen at any time, putting you and your loved ones in jeopardy. Advance directives help to ensure that you are protected. At Zimmerman & Associates, we have over 40 years of experience providing clients throughout Gwinnett County with trusted guidance and professional legal representation. You can count on our Norcross estate planning attorneys to help you put the proper advance planning documents in place.
Why Advance Directives are Important
Advance directives are legal documents that communicate your wishes in regards to medical care in the event you are incapacitated and unable to communicate these yourself. The Georgia Code dictates how these documents are created and the circumstances in which they apply. In general, advance directives may be needed in any of the following situations:
- When you suffer life-threatening injuries as a result of accidents or acts of violence;
- When a chronic health condition worsens dramatically;
- When serious illnesses require hospitalization and advanced medical treatments.
In all of the above cases, advance directives allow you continued control over the type of health care you receive. They also spare your family members the heartache of having to make difficult decisions on your behalf, or guess what you would have wanted. At Zimmerman & Associates, our Norcross estate planning attorneys can sit down with you and thoroughly review all the options available.
Advance Directives in Georgia
At Zimmerman & Associates, our goal is to ensure you are protected in the event of unexpected circumstances. These can happen to anyone, at any age, including those currently in good health. Putting advance directives in place is a smart move and one that is recommended both by medical providers and health officials. In the past, there were three primary types of advance directives in Georgia:
- Medical Power of Attorney (POA): This authorizes someone you trust to make important medical decisions on your behalf, such as the type of care you receive and what medical providers or facilities should be involved.
- Living Will: This dictates your wishes regarding advanced end-of-life care, such as the use of feeding tubes and ventilators, or whether you prefer to die a more natural death.
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order: This dictates whether you want life-saving treatment, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in the event your heart stops beating.
Today, medical POAs and living wills are now combined into one document called an Advance Directive For Healthcare. Our Norcross estate planning attorneys can guide you in creating this document or updating existing advance directives you have.
Contact Our Norcross Estate Planning Attorneys Today
At Zimmerman & Associates, we provide the trusted legal guidance and professional representation you need in matters impacting you and your family. For answers to additional questions about advance directives or to put these important documents in place, call or contact our Gwinnett County estate planning attorneys online to request a consultation today.