5. Use the Law
An advance directive is a legal document or set of documents used to specify a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment when said person is unable to communicate. Without an advance directive in place, Indiana law controls who, and in what order, others make medical treatment decisions for you. An advance directive uses the law to let you dictate what treatment you should receive and who calls the shots when you cannot. Lawyers at Yoder Kraus & Jessup, PC are prepared to help you obtain a legally compliant advance directive.
4. Hospitals Encourage Having an Advance Directive
Medical providers will likely ask for your advance directive documents when you are admitted to a hospital. Simply put, they want to provide the best service possible, and doing so means knowing how you want to be treated and who can make decisions for you. Having an advance directive in place saves time and keeps medical providers focused on your care.
This is your medical treatment—you should get to decide what happens. Indiana law provides default rules, but those rules change and should not be relied upon. It is your prerogative to determine who will make decisions for you and whether you want to receive treatment.
2. Guide Your Family Members
Without an advance directive in place, you will rely on family members to make medical decisions for you. While Indiana law does set an order of priority to determine who makes such decisions, it is impossible to know who will be available to assist you and whether your wishes are known. Providing an advance directive gives the ultimate decision-maker guidance they may not otherwise have.
1. Make Sure It’s Done Right
Having an advance directive means knowing what will happen when you cannot speak for yourself. Life is unpredictable, but planning brings order, and with order comes peace of mind. A lawyer can help you think critically about your options and put a smart advance directive in place.