Today we’re talking about the difference between an enduring power of attorney and an advanced health directive. So you would have probably heard these terms before. At the moment on the show with where we’re talking about estate planning. And these two documents fall into that category.
Enduring powers of attorney
You can appoint an attorney to make decisions on your behalf. And there’s two types of decisions they make. There are financial decisions like selling a house. There’s also personal and health decisions. That includes decisions like turning off a life support system or withholding a blood transfusion.
Generally, your spouse, children or siblings would be given these powers.
Advance health directive
This sets out what your wishes are if you’re diagnosed with certain diseases or conditions. It’s a pretty comprehensive document that goes through a lot of decisions. There are something like 100 or conditions that are discussed. You’ve got to say whether or not you want medical resources to be used to treat you. This also includes things like Do Not Resuscitate orders. And you’ve got to sit down and fill it out with a doctor who will explain what each of those conditions means.
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