Living Wills & Powers of Attorney for California

Living Wills & Powers of Attorney for California

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Living Wills & Powers of Attorney for California

California edition!

, J.D.

, 5th Edition

Living Wills & Powers of Attorney for California helps you make official California forms to:

  • choose someone to make medical decisions if you can't
  • appoint a trusted person to take care of financial matters, and
  • make your important health care wishes known.

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Don't let a medical crisis undermine your wishes

No one likes to think about it, but serious accidents and illnesses happen every day. With only a few simple legal forms, you can put important medical and financial decisions in the hands of those you trust the most—while sparing your loved ones expensive, time-consuming, and public court actions.

Using easy-to-follow instructions, this book shows you how to plan for the future by preparing these official California documents:

An Advance Health Care Directive, also called a “living will.” It lets you state your wishes for health care if you become incapacitated and name a trusted person who will work with health care providers to be sure you get the kind of care you want.

A Durable Power of Attorney for Finances to appoint the person of your choice to manage your finances for you if you no longer can.

This book also explains Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) forms, which alert emergency medical personnel not to administer extreme life-saving measures, and POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms.

This fully updated edition of Living Wills & Powers of Attorney for California offers all-new material to walk you through the intricacies of planning final arrangements, along with expanded information on making difficult medical choices. Plus, your pets will be able to get the care they need in an emergency with the updated durable financial power of attorney.

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“Seeing a loved one become incapacitated is hard enough. This guide will provide some peace of mind for family members through trying times.”-Mark Reagan, Health Care Attorney

“Nolo publications…guide people simply through the how, when, where and why of the law.”-Washington Post

ISBN
9781413323375
Number of Pages
160
Included Forms

  • California Advance Health Care Directive
  • California Wallet Medical Emergency Card
  • California Revocation of Advance Health Care Directive
  • California Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
  • California Statutory Form Power of Attorney
  • California Physician’s Determination of Incapacity
  • California Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney for Finances: Recorded
  • California Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney for Finances: Unrecorded

*Audio files are not available with the ebook

Table of Contents

Your Living Will and Power of Attorney Companion

1. Planning Ahead-An Overview

  • Why You Should Plan for Incapacity
  • Using Medical Directives
  • Using a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
  • The Mental Capacity Requirement
  • Will You Need a Lawyer?
  • If a Loved One Needs Help
  • Other Important Issues to Consider

2. Advance Health Care Directives

  • How Advance Directives Work
  • About Your Health Care Agent
  • Preparing Your Advance Directive
  • What to Do After You Complete Your Advance Directive
  • Revoking an Advance Directive

3. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders and POLST Forms

  • How DNR Orders Work
  • Preparing a DNR Order
  • What to Do After You Complete a DNR Order
  • Revoking a DNR Order
  • About POLST Forms

4. Durable Powers of Attorney for Finances

  • How Durable Powers of Attorney for Finances Work
  • About Your Agent for Finances
  • Preparing Your Durable Power of Attorney
  • Making Your Durable Power of Attorney Legal
  • Revoking a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

5. Help Beyond the Book

  • Document Preparers
  • Lawyers
  • Getting More Information on Your Own

Appendixes

A. How to Use the Interactive Forms on Nolo.com

  • Editing RTFs: General Instructions
  • Downloadable Files

B. Forms

Index

Sample Chapter

Your Living Will and Power of Attorney Companion

As we all know, unexpected accidents and illnesses happen every day. Without warning, family members are often asked to make medical decisions and take care of financial matters for a loved one who becomes injured or ill. With only a few simple legal forms, you can put important medical and financial decisions in the hands of those you trust—and give them invaluable guidance for making what can be difficult decisions.

The forms in this book let you do three essential things:

state the kinds of medical treatment you do or do not want

name someone to carry out those health care wishes and make other necessary medical decisions for you, and

name someone to handle financial matters for you if you can no longer manage them on your own.

You can accomplish these tasks by completing two or three of the following basic legal forms, each of which is offered and explained in this book:

Advance Health Care Directive. Also called a “living will,” this is the official California form that lets you state your wishes for health care and name a trusted person who will work with doctors and other health care providers to be sure you get the kind of care you want. You can also use your advance health care directive to name the doctor you’d like to supervise your care, express your wishes about organ donation, and note what kind of body disposition and other final arrangements you would like. (A downloadable bonus guide provides more guidance on making final arrangements in advance.)

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Form. Some people who don’t want to receive life-prolonging treatment when close to death may also want to prepare a DNR form. If a medical emergency occurs, this form alerts emergency medical personnel that you do not wish to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

A close cousin to the DNR form is a California document known as a POLST. POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment,” and it’s a form that can dictate not only your resuscitation preferences but other end-of-life care wishes as well. A POLST form is used only in a hospital or other medical care setting, and a health care provider can help you make one.

Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. This official California form allows you to appoint the person of your choice to manage your finances for you if someday you can no longer do so yourself. If you prepare this document, you won’t have to worry about who will pay your bills, manage your investments, handle your insurance claims, or take care of other essential financial tasks.

The forms in this book are straightforward and easy to complete—either by hand or using your computer. (You’ll find them as tear-outs at the back of the book, or you can download them for free from Nolo’s website, using the link below.) We give you detailed instructions and suggestions so that your documents will reflect your wishes. You probably won’t need a lawyer’s help, but we’ll alert you to the few situations where legal advice might be helpful or necessary.

Everyone should do at least a little bit of planning—it’s a great gift to your family. And with these simple forms, you can have a sound plan in place in a matter of hours.

 

Forms

This Book Comes With a Website

Nolo’s award-winning website has a page dedicated just to this book, where you can:

DOWNLOAD FORMS - All forms in this book are accessible online. After purchase, you can find a link to the URL in Appendix A.

KEEP UP TO DATE - When there are important changes to the information in this book, we will post updates

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