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Tale of Caution: What Happens if I’m in the Hospital, Incapacitated, and Without a Health Care Directive

2020-08-11T20:26:05+00:00

During this COVID-19 pandemic, having documents in place outlining your wishes for your health care decisions is crucial. In this example, Joe Smith ends up in the hospital and is unable to speak for himself. He does have immediate family present as his two daughters came with him to the hospital. However, they disagree on what action should be taken for their father. Without an Advance Health Care Directive, Joe’s family may be left fighting and forced to go to court for a conservatorship. Furthermore, no one knows for sure what Joe’s health care wishes actually are. [...]

Tale of Caution: What Happens if I’m in the Hospital, Incapacitated, and Without a Health Care Directive2020-08-11T20:26:05+00:00

What is an Incapacity Plan?

2020-08-11T20:39:17+00:00

By planning ahead and creating an incapacity plan you can: Avoid a potential conservatorship which is also known as a living probate Ensure your spouse or nominated agent can handle your financial affairs Write out your health care wishes and select someone to carry them out on your behalf Allow your chosen fiduciary to do Medi-Cal benefits planning for long term care on your behalf The main incapacity planning tools are: a Living Trust, Advance Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney. A Will or Pay On Death (POD) beneficiary accounts do not constitute an incapacity plan, as they [...]

What is an Incapacity Plan?2020-08-11T20:39:17+00:00

What is POLST?

2020-06-29T22:30:29+00:00

What is POLST? Hi there, Bridget Mackay here with our video blog. We're here in Petaluma, we do estate planning and elder law. And today I want to talk about physicians’ orders for life sustaining treatment. They are also call POLSTs. These are health documents, or form, you could fill out with your doctor or physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. And it’s sort of an advanced kind of "do not resuscitate" form. They are not replacing or won't replace your health, advance health care directives. So, you must always have advanced health care directive where you name an agent [...]

What is POLST?2020-06-29T22:30:29+00:00

End of Life Wishes: Why You May Want to Complete a California’s Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form

2020-10-26T19:57:31+00:00

If you have a life-threatening illness, you should consider completing a California Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form to give yourself more control if you face a sudden medical emergency. This form is actually a doctor’s order that ensures your wishes are respected regarding end of life care. The POLST form was created by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). POLST forms are kept with your medical records and are generally pink, so they will stand out in the case of an emergency. Of course, you can change the terms [...]

End of Life Wishes: Why You May Want to Complete a California’s Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form2020-10-26T19:57:31+00:00

Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking – Health Care Directive Options

2020-06-29T22:30:49+00:00

Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking – Health Care Directive Options [Transcription] Hi there! Bridget Mackay at the offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California practicing the area of estate planning and elder law. And I want to talk to you today about not so the right to die covered, I've that and other blogs and I suggest you look at it because California passed that law in 2016. But more so the fact that that law does not really cover folks who have a degenerating memory disease like Alzheimer's or dementia. Alzheimer's which is the most common form of [...]

Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking – Health Care Directive Options2020-06-29T22:30:49+00:00