April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day. Menlo Park estate planning attorney, Nancy Chillag, encourages adults to document their most personal wishes for health care, including thoughts on life support,organ donation, long-term care and what is âqualify of life.â
Online PR News – 03-April-2012 – Menlo Park, CA – April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day, which encourages every adult to have tough conversations with loved ones about their most personal wishes for medical care.
These conversations include wishes and preferences about life support, feeding tubes, organ donation and what you consider to be âquality of lifeâ in the event of a long-term incapacity.
According to Menlo Park estate planning lawyer, Nancy Chillag, "these conversations may be hard to have, but itâs the only way to make sure your wishes are honored and that your loved oneâs stay together in a medical emergency."
âIâve seen many families torn apart trying to figure out what their loved one âwould have wantedâ during a medical crisis,â says Chillag. âIn some cases families, even, spend years battling in court for control, much like Terry Shiavoâs family did,â she adds.
Chillag says, "strife over health care decisions can be avoided by letting someone know your wishes and clearly documenting them." She says, "that legal tools such as a Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive and HIPAA forms are easy ways to let doctors and family members know how to manage your care if the unthinkable happens."
âMedical crises can be emotional, and the only way to guarantee your wishes are honored and that your family stays together is to let everyone know exactly what you want and who you trust to make those decisions. It will make life easier for everyone in a true emergency,â says Chillag.
For more information on documenting personal health care wishes or about National Health Care Decisions Day, please visit the website of San Francisco Penninsula attorney Nancy Chillagâs at www.chillag.com or http://www.nhdd.org/.
Nancy Chillag is the founder of Chillag & Associates and has been practicing law for over 25 years. She is passionate about helping her clients manage their business, real estate and general wealth efficiently and for the benefit of their family for the long term. Nancy is not only an attorney; she is also a Certified Public Accountant, a licensed Real Estate Broker, sought after public speaker and published author.