Murfreesboro Advance Directives Attorneys Provide Compassionate End-of-Life Planning

Guidance from experienced estate planning attorneys

The Murfreesboro advance directives and estate planning attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley are compassionate to your needs and wishes. With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, we can help you reach one of more of these goals:

  • Create a solid estate plan
  • Maximize Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans benefits
  • Obtain affordable, quality care for your aging or disabled family member
  • Protect a spouse from financial struggles
  • Educate caregivers to help avoid additional stress and burden
  • Find and sustain the best care available
  • Help protect your quality of life
  • Improve the quality of life for your loved ones

In working toward these goals, our estate planning attorneys provide the legal guidance you need to make informed decisions about your estate and advance directives. Our goal is your peace of mind. Our Murfreesboro advance directives attorneys help address the following questions specific to your situation, your wishes and the law.

 

Changes in the Tennessee Living Will and Advance Care Plan law

In 2004, Tennessee law changed the name of the form “Living Will” to “Advance Care Plan”.
An Advance Care Plan specifies the treatment you want should you be terminally ill or permanently unconscious. The form can also instruct your doctor of special instructions or limitations.

 

What is an appointment of health care agent?

Starting 2004, an Appointment of Health Care Agent allows you to name a person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself. Great care should be taken when choosing the person who will be your agent. Contact our Murfreesboro attorneys to help you make this important decision.

 

Do I need to create an Advance Care Plan if I already have a Living Will?

Many people favor the Advance Care Plan because it allows you to choose an agent to make decisions for you, and provides directives for care in the event of a serious accident or illness. It combines both the Appointment of Health Care Agent and Advance Directives.

 

Choosing the right agent and successor agent

When choosing an agent, choose someone whom you trust to make decisions for you. The same applies for a successor agent. The people you choose need to agree to be your agent and to abide by your final wishes. Make sure they know what is important to you. Our Tennessee advance directive attorneys help you write your agents a letter with specific instructions, such as the use of life support machines, organ donation and other instructions. A well-written letter of instructions can help avoid confusion between agents and loved ones.

 

Who can create an Advance Directive?

Adults and emancipated minors who are of sound mind can create an Advance Directive.

 

How can I help my family and doctors agree with my treatment choices or health care decisions?

Talk with them alone, and jointly, about your decisions and beliefs. This will help increase the chances that they will respect your final wishes. To help assure that your Advanced Directive is followed is to give a copy to your doctor, one to your health care facility, and let loved ones and your agents know where you keep your Advance Directive.

 

Do young people really need a formal Advance Directive?

An accident or serious illness can happen at any time and it can leave you incapable of making your own health care decisions. An Advance Directive assures that your final wishes are respected.

 

Contact our experienced Murfreesboro advance directives attorneys today

Planning for the future can be intimidating, but ensures your wishes are carried out. A consultation with the Murfreesboro estate planning attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley is your first step toward making sound decisions about your future, should you not be able to down the road. Call us today for a free consultation at 615-893-1331 or contact us online. We welcome questions about advance directives and are ready to help you prepare an estate plan that will protect you and your loved ones.