Advance directives is a living will that allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life.
Things to remember:
You do not need an attorney to complete an Advance Directive. Many attorneys will include it as part of routine family financial planning.
An Advance Directive has nothing to do with a financial Power of Attorney (POA)-- they are two completely different documents and an Advance Directive holds no weight in financial matters.
In the State of Utah, the Advance Directive includes two things: - the Living Will which allows you to make some o f your medical wishes known
- the Medical Power of Attorney which appoints an agent to speak for your when you can't speak for yourself
If a person has lost decision-making capacity (dementia or other physical injuries), it is too late for them to complete an Advance Directive.
The Advance Directive (Healthcare POA) gives you no authority to make decisions for the other person unless they have lost the capacity to make their own decisions--this is determined by a medical doctor.