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.