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Living Wills and Appointments of Health Care Representatives

Life is unpredictable, and it is extremely important to prepare for the unexpected. As part of his practice, Ray advises his clients on the relevant Connecticut laws and various contingencies that can and should be addressed in these extremely important documents, helping his clients make their wishes and desires clear and enforceable. Creating a living will and an appointment of health care representative (commonly referred to as a power of attorney for health care) can ensure that if you ever become unable to make health care decisions for yourself, (1) your wishes regarding the use or discontinuance of artificial life support are memorialized clearly in a document that your health care providers can rely on and take direction from, and (2) your decision-making powers regarding your health care are given to someone (usually a close family member) that you trust and have confidence in to act in your best interest.

These crucial documents can save your loved ones heartache during a medical crisis, and they can be as broad or specific as you wish. These two documents are commonly combined into a single document, referred to as an advance health care directive, which may also include a designation of conservator and instructions regarding anatomical gifts.