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Preventing Litigation Issues with Advance Directives

The content below is a transcript of the NBI webcast Elder Law: Start to Finish, held October 2016

Here are a few litigation issues that may arise with Advance Directives and why it is important to date your documents:

  • Multiple versions
  • Claims of undue influence, duress and fraud
  • Trust scams and schemes
  • Common liabilities and liable parties

Multiple versions of similar documents that say different things is a common litigation issue that arises with advance directives. While you may have had one gifting scheme in place, you may have changed your mind after awhile.

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Advance Directives (also known as Living Wills)

The content below is a transcript of the NBI webcast Elder Law: Start to Finish, held October 2016

Anybody who has had any interactions with estate planning attorneys knows that we like to come up with as many names as possible for the same exact thing. Advance Directives are also known as:

  • Living Wills
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxy

All of these legal devices essentially do the same thing: Setting a set of directions, to an agent, that you as the principal set forth so that somebody knows what your choices are for your end of life and after life decisions.

There is federal law that governs Advance Directives known as the Patient Self Determination Act (1992). This Act requires that all providers of services give written information to each individual concerning:

  • Rights to make decisions under State Law
  • Right to accept or refuse medical treatment
  • Right to formulate an advance directive

Every institution must provide you with information about advance medical directives, including the right to make your own decision, under the applicable state law. Under federal law, if any institution (including hospitals and health care agencies) wants federal funding they need to abide by this.

If you have additional questions about Advance Directives (also known as Living Wills) contact our estate planning attorney in Woodland Hills today.

Health Care Decisions and Advance Medical Directives Webcast

Trust Attorney Woodland HillsEstate Planning Attorney KC Marie Knox was invited by the National Business Institute (NBI) to serve as a faculty member for their Elder Law: Start to Finish seminar. The Health Care Decisions and Advance Medical Directives Webcast will take place on September 7, 2016 and will cover:

  1. Advance Directives
  2. End of Life Decisions
  3. Organ Donation and Treatment of the Remains

This legal course is designed for attorneys. It will also benefit nursing home administrators, financial planners, trust officers, accountants, social workers, geriatric care managers, and other professionals working with elder clients on estate planning issues.

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