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Arizona Estate Planning Lawyer Helps You Prepare an Advance Directive

Phoenix law firm enabling families to make decisions when a loved one is incapacitated

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to clearly articulate your preferences regarding lifesaving medical interventions. Many people don’t include advance directives when estate planning, but they are crucial documents that can save your family heartache during a medical crisis. No one wants to force their family to make a hasty decision under extreme duress. I have extensive experience advising clients throughout Arizona on the various contingencies they can address in an advance directive. I can help you to draft clear instructions so that a specific plan exists for your treatment if you lose the ability to communicate.

An attorney empowering people to manage their own medical and financial concerns

Advance directives can set forth instructions on various matters and come in several forms, including:

  • Living wills. A living will states what kind of medical care you are to receive should you be too sick or injured to express your wishes. It is not a will in the conventional sense, as it does not distribute property and is meant to be executed while the person is alive.
  • Durable powers of attorney. In the event that you are not able to participate in decisions about your medical treatment or financial matters, durable powers of attorney authorize someone you trust to make choices on your behalf.
  • Do not resuscitate orders. If someone is terminally ill or too frail to recover from physically taxing forms of intervention, a DNR instructs medical personnel to refrain from performing CPR and other lifesaving measures.

I will take the time to discuss each of these options so that you can be comfortable that every item you wish to address is covered appropriately.

Skillful counsel to avert future disputes over life-and-death decisions

Through the years, there have been numerous stories in the media detailing protracted court battles among family members over the treatment of incapacitated relatives. I can formulate documents clearly enough that there will be no room for misinterpretation or argument. This way, your family can avoid expensive litigation and move forward.

Contact a Phoenix attorney to aid you in drafting and executing an advance directive

John Even serves clients in Arizona. Call me at 602-663-9263 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Phoenix office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Once I made my initial call to Mr. Even‘s office I never looked back – great decision! His staff is courteous, caring and efficient. Mr. Even is professional, highly knowledgeable, good listener and adviser. I highly recommend Mr. Even. It is a privilege to have him on my team!"  -Trusts & Estates May 14, 2018

  • "John is an excellent wordsmith, and did a great job of putting my thoughts, ideas, and issues into a clear legal document. I have known and worked with him for 25 years on business issues, including business purchases, of two companies and then selling them for retirement. He is also a delightful person to work with and has an excellent group of to-workers."  -Estate Planning May 3, 2018

  • "He was willing to spend time explaining things."  -Estate Planning February 24, 2018

  • "We were referred to John by a neighbor and, frankly, couldn’t be happier with the responsiveness and quality of service. The estate planning services we’ve received in the past pale in comparison. Very, very pleased with the process and breadth of estate planning John provided."  -Trust & Estates October 10, 2017

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