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Advance Health Care Directive, Powers of Attorney

Naperville Living Wills Attorney

Seasoned Naperville, Illinois, Lawyers

Life holds many unexpected experiences. An accident, injury, or illness can render an individual temporarily or permanently incapacitated — making them incapable of managing certain aspects of their life or affairs. Advance Health Care Directives (also known as living wills), powers of attorney, and other advanced directives provide pertinent documentation that plans for the unexpected.

Make certain that your family understands your wishes, should you be incapable of communicating your wishes to them. Our attorneys at Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC can help you establish appropriate Advance Health Care Directive, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents that are tailored to your needs.

Advance Health Care Directive

An Advance Health Care Directive (aka living will) provides instructions regarding the care and treatment that should be provided for you in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

When an individual is diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, the administration of life-sustaining treatment is a personal issue. Unfortunately, at the moment that such treatment would be necessary, most people are not of mentally sound mind to legally make such decisions. Without proper documentation in place, doctors are required to administer necessary procedures — even if your loved ones feel you would have wished otherwise. The only way to ensure your wishes are followed is to communicate your decisions to doctors and loved ones through an Advance Health Care Directive.

Discuss your end of life preferences with loved ones and allow Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC to work with you to ensure your preferences are properly documented in a living will or Advance Health Care Directive.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney provides the authorization for another person to act as your agent or attorney. The agent is attorney in fact and his or her power is revoked upon the death of the principal.

A power of attorney should be part of everyone's overall estate plan. Without proper documentation in place, your family may be forced to initiate expensive and time-consuming guardianship proceedings in a moment of family crisis. Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC assists clients in establishing a durable power of attorney or a health care power of attorney:

  • A durable power of attorney authorizes an individual of your choosing to make financial or personal decisions on your behalf. This could include paying your bills and managing other aspects of your finances to handling personal matters on your behalf.
  • A health care power of attorney names and authorizes an individual to make all health care treatment decisions, including when and if death-delaying procedures should be employed when you are incapacitated and unable to make those decisions for yourself. However, while an Advance Health Care Directive only addresses end-of-life medical treatment issues, a health care power of attorney addresses a broader spectrum of issues. If, in the future, a medical provider believes that you are mentally incompetent to manage your own health care, the individual you named as your health care power of attorney will manage your health care affairs — from making medical appointments to making important medical decisions based upon your doctor's advice.

Disputes over someone's power of attorney can arise. These cases involve issues such as duress, fraud, breach of fiduciary responsibility, and other concerns. Our estate planning and probate lawyers are available to provide skilled legal representation in these disputes.

Trusting Client-Attorney Relationships

In estate planning, the attorneys at Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC pursue the best interests of our clients above anything else. We believe that the facets of estate planning are intensely personal. These matters affect entire families, not just individuals.

We develop trusting relationships with our clients because we believe that consistent communication, honest assessments, and personal service produce the best results, whether we are advising clients about their wills, trusts, or advanced directives, or we are guiding them through complex probate and estate administration procedures. Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC can work with you to make sure your preferences are clearly communicated.


To learn more about Advance Health Care Directives, powers of attorney, and other health care directives, and to schedule your initial consultation.

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