Elder Law Attorney Lesa Koski serving Stillwater, MN believes in planning ahead. “I spend a lot of time educating people in the community for several of the following reasons. We can create positive outcomes for difficult situations through planning, understanding leads to good planning and understanding grows from education”. Most important to Lesa is to educate clients so that they can plan well and have a good outcome.
Health Care Directive Guardian
Just as it is important to name a Power of Attorney for your finances, it is also important to name an agent to make your decisions regarding your health and your person. In fact, if you do not have a Health Care Directive in place you often need to go through the costly court process of a Guardianship. A Guardianship is a useful tool when necessary. However, by naming a health care agent yourself the court does not need to name one for you through a Guardianship proceeding. Planning ahead will save you time, money and you will be deciding who your agent is-not the courts.
Health Care Agent
When you are choosing a Health Care Agent is important to choose someone who is trustworthy, an advocate, shares your values, is responsible and is in close proximity to you. Make sure that in addition to naming your agent, you name a substitute agent. Often times one person will be unable or unavailable to meet your needs. It is always important to have back up.
Always discuss your wishes in detail with your Health Care agent. These difficult conversations can make future challenging situations less problematic. Sometimes clients will choose an agent who does not share their own health care views. This can work as long as the person you choose advocates for YOUR wishes; not their own.
If you have additional questions regarding Powers of Attorney or any other Elder Law questions please contact Lesa Koski at Lesa@lesakoski.com or call 651-214-5057. She would enjoy meeting with you and offers a free 30 minute consultation from her office in Stillwater, MN.